Moeen didn’t want ‘Osama’ claim to go further: Bayliss
An old but new controversy has come into the spotlight after English all-rounder Mooen Ali revealed in his upcoming autobiography that an Australian player called him “Osama” during the 2015 Ashes.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has opened up more about the incident since then and revealed Moeen didn’t want to take the matter further and create problems for anyone.
Bayliss told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph:
“No, he didn’t want it to go any further. He’s a very softly spoken sort of a bloke. He doesn’t want to create too many problems for anyone. There were other players in the team who wanted to take it further but he talked them into not taking it any further.”
However, during that time, Bayliss approached to Australia’s coach Daniel Lehmann and complained to him about the matter. But Lehmann denied to admit it and said the player said “part-timer” not “Osama”.
Despite the claims, the England coach feels there is no problem between the two sides.
“Well I didn’t get a response. I just left it with Darren to sort out one way or the other. I didn’t hear any response, but everything was dealt with then. I’m not going to make too much of it. It was bloody three years ago, let’s move on. [Cricket Australia] can do what they like I suppose – everyone has sort of forgotten about it and moved on since then. I don’t see it as any real big deal.”
Moeen also revealed that the player who said him Osama denied to accept the comments later and said to him “I know what you thought I said, but I didn’t say that. I’ve got Muslim friends and some of my best friends are Muslims.”