Full name: Moeen Munir Ali
Born: June 18, 1987 (age 27), Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Nickname: The Beard That’s Feared, Moeenalitharan
Moeen generated controversy when he wore ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ wristbands in connection with the Gaza conflict during day two of the third test match of the Investec Series. The ICC code bars players from “conveying messages, which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.” According to the ECB, Moeen’s stance was “humanitarian, not political,” and a spokesman stated that “the ECB do not believe he has committed any offence.” Moeen had been cleared by the ECB to wear the bands.
When England won the Investec Series against India, the English team celebrated with liquor. Every English player posed for a picture in the celebration, except for Moeen Ali, who was seen standing away from the celebration. Even after living in a foreign country, Moeen Ali is happy to be a Muslim.
Contributed by Isam Hanif