English cricketers blast Taslima Nasreen over contentious tweet against Moeen Ali

03:34 PM | 7 Apr, 2021
English cricketers blast Taslima Nasreen over contentious tweet against Moeen Ali

LAHORE – Bangladeshi banned Sweden-based author Taslima Nasreen is facing severe backlash after tweeting that England's all-rounder would have become a terrorist if he did not become a cricketer.

Soon after the scathing attack on English left-handed batsman, England cricket team players swiftly came to defend the Muslim teammate.

Reacted sharply to Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin’s tweet, Jofra Archer wrote “Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay”.

The social activist later deleted the post soon as her tweet went viral. However, later she clarified that her comment on Moeen Ali was nothing but ‘sarcasm’.

The 26-year-old then gave an antidote to her venomous attack with a sharp reply: “Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet”.

Other players also reacted:

The reason for Taslima’s tweet is not clear, but it may have been in response to the removal of the alcoholic product logo from his team jersey or his growing facial hairs. If not then it may come from the wife of an English player who wears a hijab each time she goes out in public.

Meanwhile, the father of Moeen Ali commented on the matter as he was deeply hurt by Taslima’s comments. ‘I am hurt and shocked to read Taslima Nasreen’s vile remark against my son Moeen. In her “clarifying” tweet, where she described her original remark as sarcasm, she also says she stands against fundamentalism.”, he added.

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Nasrin who completes 25 years of exile abroad has stirred many controversies in the past as well. The atheist writer fled Bangladesh in 1994 after receiving death threats over her criticism on Islamic ideology.