Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan has denied reports claiming Moeen Ali made a request to the franchise to remove an alcohol brand logo from his match jersey ahead of IPL 2021.
Reports claimed that Moeen wanted the SNJ 10000 logo removed from his CSK match jersey as it is a surrogate product brand of Chennai-based SNJ Distilleries.
But 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.
CSK bought the 33-year-old for a whopping Rs 7 crore at the IPL 2021 auction in February. This is Moeen's second IPL franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played for 3 seasons since 2018.
Moeen has played 19 IPL matches so far, scoring 309 runs and picked 10 wickets. Last month Moeen expressed his excitement at playing under former India captain MS Dhoni at CSK this season.
"I've spoken to players who have played under MS and they tell me how he improves their game. I believe a great captain does that," Moeen was quoted as saying by the CSK website.
"I think it's something on every player's wish list to play under MS. I think it's the confidence and the clarity he gives people. It's exciting," he added.
Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings will be opening their IPL 2021 campaign against Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.