CA closes Moeen’s ‘Osama’ probe for lack of fresh details

Melbourne, Sep 24: Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday announced the closure of the probe into English all-rounder Moeen Alis allegations of being addressed as Osama by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes series, after no new details emerged.

We have followed up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and our team management and confirmed that the incident was investigated at the time, with a response provided to Moeen, a CA spokesman was quoted as saying.

Moeen elected not to progress the matter any further and we have not been able to ascertain any new additional evidence through our enquiries.

As such, the matter is considered closed, he added.

Earlier, the CA had launched an investigation after Moeen said he was called Osama in reference to Islamic terrorist Osama Bin Laden, during the first Test of the 2015 Ashes at Cardiff.

Reiterating the CAs zero-tolerance approach to such comments, the spokesperson said: 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 with us are treated seriously and respectfully.

Representatives of our country are expected to uphold a high standard of behaviour and values, and they are fully aware of the consequences should they fail to do this, he added.

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