‘Nobody is smiling … remove it’: English Jofra Archer slams at Bengali author who bizarrely tweeted that ‘Moeen Ali would have gone to Syria to join ISIS’ if he were not a cricketer
- Bengali author Taslima Nasreen posted an extraordinary tweet saying that English all-rounder Moeen Ali would have joined ISIS had he not been for cricket
- Moeen’s England teammate Jofra Archer was one of those who hit back
- Nasreen then claimed ‘haters know my Moeen Ali post was sarcastic’
- Archer also responded to that message, urging Nasreen to delete the original message
English cricket star Jofra Archer has responded sharply to an extraordinary remark by Bengali author Taslima Nasreen that his teammate Moeen Ali had joined ISIS.
Nasreen, known for her criticism of religious fundamentalism and oppression of women, commented on Twitter that English all-rounder Moeen would have become a terrorist had it not been for cricket.
In a post later deleted, she wrote, “Had Moeen Ali not been imprisoned with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS.”
Jofra Archer (left) has come back to a suggestion by Bengali author Taslima Nasreen that his English teammate Moeen Ali (right) would have joined ISIS had he not been for cricket.
The often controversial author and activist later claimed her post about Moeen was “ sarcastic. ”
The astonishing comment sparked a backlash, with English mobster Archer replying, ‘Are you okay? I don’t think you’re okay. ‘
Nasreen defended the controversial comment in a later tweet, claiming it was “ sarcastic. ”
She wrote: ‘Haters are well aware that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that a problem to humiliate me because I’m trying to secularize Muslim society and I’m against Islamic fanaticism.
“One of mankind’s greatest tragedies is that pro-female leftists support anti-female Islamists.”
However, Archer, who won the 2019 Cricket World Cup with Moeen, was not at all convinced of her explanation.
Nasreen wrote that English all-rounder Moeen would have ‘gone to Syria to join ISIS’ had he not been ‘stuck with cricket’ in a Twitter post that drew a response from Archer
Nasreen later claimed that the post about Moeen Ali was intended to be ‘sarcastic’
Archer also responded by saying ‘no one is smiling’ and telling her to remove it
He replied, ‘Sarcastic? No one laughs, not even you, the least you can do is delete the tweet. ‘
Archer wasn’t the only cricketer to take offense at the comment. Ben Duckett from Nottinghamshire wrote: ‘This is the problem with this app. People can say things like this. Disgusting. Things need to change, please report this account! ‘
Lancashire bowler Saqib Mahmood wrote, ‘I can’t believe this. Disgusting tweet. Disgusting individual. ‘
Cricketers Ben Duckett and Saqib Mahmood were among those who condemned Nasreen’s tweet
33-year-old Muslim Moeen is currently in India preparing for the upcoming Indian Super League with the Chennai Super Kings.
He played a limited role in the recent English Test series in India, only playing in one game, but he did play in all three one-day internationals that concluded the tour.
Archer, 26, is hoping to play with Rajasthan Royals for at least part of the IPL season after undergoing surgery to remove a piece of glass embedded in his right middle finger after going into an aquarium.
Moeen just played for England in Test and one-day internationals against India
Fast bowler Archer plays for England against India in a recent T20 international
He has also gone through a rest period to allow an elbow injury to heal, but hopes he can prove his suitability for the second half of the IPL campaign.
Nasreen, 58, has been in exile since 1994 after being expelled from her native Bangladesh for writing essays and novels criticizing “misogynistic” religions.
Her tweet came a few days after Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings, rubbed off reports that teetotalists Moeen had asked the franchise to remove an alcohol brand logo from their competition jersey.