Taslima Nasreen tweets Moeen Ali ‘would’ve joined ISIS’ if not for cricket, deletes post after cricketers flay her

April 07, 2021 | Updated 12:49 pm

Taslima Nasreen tweets Moeen Ali ‘would’ve joined ISIS’ if not for cricket, deletes post after cricketers flay her Taslima Nasreen, Moeen Ali (Photo Credit: Facebook)

New Delhi: Author Taslima Nasreen has sparked a controversy with her derogatory tweet on England Cricketer Moeen Ali, who has asked his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to remove alcohol brand from his jersey. While Moeen’s teammates came out in support of the allrounder, Nasreen wasn’t too impressed with the Englishman.

In a post over on Twitter, which has gone massively viral on the platform, Taslima Nasreen said that “if Ali was not a cricketer, he would have joined ISIS.”

“If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS,” Nasreen tweeted. However, the Bangladeshi-Swedish writer later deleted the post after receiving a lot of backlash for it.


Reacting to this post, other England cricketers like Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Saqib Mahmood, Ben Duckett, etc came out in support of Ali and lashed out at Nasreen for her distasteful comment.

Archer reacted to the 58-year-old’s post on Twitter and said, “Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay”.

Meanwhile, Saqib Mahmood tweeted: “Can’t believe this. Disgusting tweet. Disgusting individual”.

“Please everyone report taslimas account! Disgusting!” England batsman Sam Billings said.

Taslima Nasreen, however, did post a clarification tweet afterwards saying that her post was actually “sarcastic” after it got massive backlash on social media.

“Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society & I oppose Islamic fanaticism. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists,” Taslima said in a tweet.


Moeen Ali was bought in by CSK for INR 7 crore in the IPL 2021 players’ auction held in February 2021. IPL 2021 will kick off with a royal clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chepauk in Chennai on April 9.