Cricket Australia have closed the investigation process into a claim that England all-rounder Moeen Ali subjected to racial abuse during the 2015 Ashes.
Meanwhile, the claim caused a stir after Moeen Ali wrote about the incident in his autobiography. However, Cricket Australia said there was no new evidence to continue the case.
“We have followed up with the England and Wales Cricket Board and confirmed the incident was investigated at the time,” CA said.
“A response was provided to Moeen. Moeen elected not to progress the matter any further at the time. Thus, we have not been able to ascertain any new additional evidence through our inquiries,” they added.
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Cricket Australia further noted that they take a zero-tolerance policy on these kinds of comments. They also added that these things have no place in the sport.
“We take a zero-tolerance approach to remarks of this nature. They have no place in our sport, or in society, and any allegations raised are treated seriously and respectfully,” they concluded.
Moeen Ali admitted the comment was made in the first Test of the 2015 series. England won 3-2 to regain the Ashes.
In an extract of his book published in the Times, Moeen made this allegation. He also said that he went red after hearing those comments.
“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 and I have never been so angry on a cricket field,” he said.
The alleged slur appears to be a reference to Islamist terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Moeen, who was born in Birmingham, is a Muslim of Pakistani and English heritage.
Moeen Ali said he told “a couple” of team-mates about the incident and believed England coach Trevor Bayliss raised it with then Australia counterpart Darren Lehmann.