Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali (AFP Photo)

Cricket Australia (CA) will investigate claims made by England allrounder Moeen Ali that an Australian cricketer called him ‘Osama’ – a reference to Osama Bin Laden – during Ashes 2015.

Moeen, in his soon to be released autobiography, wrote, “It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance. However there was one incident which had distracted me. An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field,” he wrote.

CA said it will seek further information from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on the allegations made by the 31-year-old Moeen.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society,” a CA spokesperson said on Saturday. “We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country. We take this matter very seriously, and are following up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a matter of urgency to seek further clarification around the alleged incident.”

Moeen wrote that he narrated the incident to a couple of guys and the then Australian coach Darren Lehmann asked the player if he had made the remarks to which he replied in negative.

“I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think (England coach) Trevor Bayliss must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach.”

“Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen Osama?’ He denied it, saying, ‘No, I said, ‘Take that, you part-timer’. I must say I was amused when I heard that, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry,” Moeen said.