World Cup hero and England pacer Jofra Archer on Tuesday came up with a sharply-worded response to Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen’s controversial post on his teammate Moeen Ali.
Taslima Nasreen, known for her writings on religion and women’s oppression, commented on Moeen Ali, saying the England all-rounder would have strayed away to become a terrorist had he not stuck to cricket.
“If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS,” Nasreen wrote, inviting criticism from the cricket fraternity.
Archer responded by wondering what was wrong with the author. “Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay,” Archer said while quoting Nasreen’s tweet.
Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay https://t.co/rmiFHhDXiO— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 6, 2021
However, Nasreen, known for her controversial posts on social media, defended her post on Moeen Ali, saying it was sarcastic and her detractors used it against her.
“Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society & I oppose Islamic fanaticism. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists,” Nasreen said in another social media post.
Archer responded to the explanation as well, saying he was not willing to buy into it.
“Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet,” Archer said.
Sarcastic ? No one is laughing , not even yourself , the least you can do is delete the tweet https://t.co/Dl7lWdvSd4— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 6, 2021
Moeen Ali, who won the 2019 World Cup with England, has been in Mumbai with the Chennai Super Kings, gearing up for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Ali was bought by CSK for Rs 7 crore at the IPL 2021 auction.
Notably, only on Tuesday, Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan rubbished reports that claimed Moeen Ali made a request to the franchise to remove an alcohol brand logo from his match jersey.
Kasi Vishwanathan told India Today that these reports aren't true and there hasn't been any request from the England all-rounder of this kind.
“No truth (in media reports),” CSK Chief Executive Officer Kasi Vishwanathan confirmed to India Today when he was asked about Moeen's alleged request.
Moeen doesn't support logos of alcohol brands on any of his jerseys, be it for England or any other domestic side he plays for around the world. Moeen Ali is a practising Muslim and his faith forbids him from consuming alcohol.