Moeen Ali's Request To Remove Alcohol Brand Logo Granted By CSK Management
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Moeen Ali’s Request To Remove Alcohol Brand Logo Granted By CSK Management

Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Moeen Ali after his team's loss to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 on Sunday | Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI
Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Moeen Ali after his team's loss to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 on Sunday | Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

Moeen Ali asked the Chennai Super Kings management to remove the alcohol brand logo from his jersey and the franchise agreed to the England all-rounder’s request.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has requested the Chennai Super Kings management to remove a certain sponsor logo from his jersey due to his faith’s ban on alcohol.

Moeen Ali of CSK Wearing Jersey With SNJ 1000 Logo -Twitter
Moeen Ali of CSK Wearing Jersey With SNJ 1000 Logo -Twitter

Moeen Ali’s Faith Forbids Him From Consuming Alcohol And Asked CSK Management To Remove Logo Of SNJ 10000 From His Jersey

Moeen Ali is a practising Muslim and his faith forbids him from consuming alcohol. He doesn’t support logos of alcohol brands on any of his jerseys, whether it is for England or any other domestic side he plays for around the world.  The Chennai Super Kings jersey has the logo of SNJ 10000, which is a surrogate product brand of Chennai-based SNJ Distilleries. The CSK management has agreed to his request and removed the logo from his match jersey.

CSK bought the 33-year-old for a whopping Rs 7 crore at the IPL 2021 auction in February. This is Moeen Ali’s second IPL franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played for 3 seasons since 2018. Moeen Ali has played 19 IPL matches so far, scoring 309 runs and picked 10 wickets.

He disappointed though in IPL 2020 playing 3 games scoring only 12 runs and picking a solitary scalp. Last month Moeen Ali 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.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

“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.

CSK’s Probable Squad May Feature Likes Of Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, And Ruturaj Gaikwad In Starting XI

Suresh Raina who is one of IPL’s most successful batsmen will make his comeback in IPL 2021 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Suresh Raina’s decision to opt-out of IPL 2020 even before the start of the tournament last year in UAE was one of the biggest talking points of the Indian Premier League held in UAE.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a forgettable campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but by the end of the tournament, after finishing 7th in the points table, they had found a new star in young Ruturaj Gaikwad who produced a commendable fightback after initially struggling in the first three matches.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring 5 runs in the first 3 outings.

CSK spent big on acquiring services of England’s spinner Moeen Ali on the board while off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham got a big contract from MS Dhoni’s 3-time champions besides acquiring a Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who announced his desire to play limited-overs T20 cricket again.

The franchise also bought top-order batsman Robin Uthappa in a trade with Rajasthan Royals. They also have likes of N Jagadeesan and Mitchell Santner as back-ups and will try to find a replacement soon for pacer Josh Hazlewood who opted out from IPL 2021.

CSK Probable XI: Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali/ Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi/ Imran Tahir.