Taslima Nasreen clarifies after distasteful tweet on Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. File photo: Reuters

Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has been forced to issue a clarification following backlash over her unsavoury tweet on England cricketer Moeen Ali.

There were reports of Moeen asking his IPL side Chennai Super Kings (CSK) management to remove the logo of an alcohol brand from his jersey. Moeen doesn’t support logos of alcohol brands on any of his jerseys, be it for England or any other domestic side.

However, the reports were later denied by CSK Chief Executive Officer Kasi Vishwanathan.

Taslima had tweeted on Monday that Moeen would have joined militant group ISIS in Syria had he not been busy playing cricket.

“If Moeen Ali were not struck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS,” she tweeted.

Taslima faced backlash from various quarters following the controversial tweet. She came up with the clarification that her tweet regarding Moeen was a sarcastic one.

She stated that the 'haters' made it a point to humiliate her because she tries to secularise the Muslim society.

However, her clarification did not go well with England's star bowler Jofra Archer.

Archer on Tuesday hit back at Taslima Nasreen for using objectionable language in a tweet targeted at Moeen Ali.

After Nasreen tweeted that England all-rounder Moeen Ali would have become an ISIS terrorist in Syria had he not stuck to cricket, Archer responded with the tweet: "Are you okay? I don't think you're okay," while quoting Nasreen's tweet.

Archer said that Nasreen should delete the tweet as it was neither sarcastic, nor funny.

"Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet," Archer said.

Archer's stand for his teammate has drawn a lot of praise on social media.

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