Cricket Australia are set to investigate claims by Moeen Ali, after the England all-rounder revealed he was called ‘Osama’ by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes series, the BBC report.
The 31-year-old, who recently starred in the fourth and fifth Test’s against India, made the accusation in his autobiography, which is set to be released soon.
The 2015 series took place in England, with the hosts running out 3-2 winners to regain the Ashes.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson has released a response to Ali’s claims, admitting they will ‘urgently’ investigate the alleged incident.
Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society.
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.
Ali has featured in 52 Test matches for England and was handed the number three spot in England’s final two Test matches of the summer, however, the Worcestershire man caught the eye with the ball more so than the bat and is expected to be named in the squad who will tour Sri Lanka, which begins in October.