Dhoni refuses to condemn India fans for booing England’s Moeen Ali
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 - 18:06
MS Dhoni refused to condemn the booing of Moeen Ali by India supporters in his home city of Birmingham for the second time inside a week during England’s narrow Twenty20 victory.
England’s captain Eoin Morgan said he had not been aware of the jeers, joking that “We all got booed” by the vast majority of a capacity 24,000 crowd who were supporting India. But the boos were loud and unmistakable whenever Moeen was involved in the game whether batting during a brief innings or later bowling and fielding – and Ravi Bopara, the other British Asian in the team who is of Indian rather than Pakistani descent, also received milder abuse.
When asked whether he would condemn the booing at his post-match media conference, Dhoni pointed out that Ravindra Jadeja had received similar treatment through the Test series after his clash with Jimmy Anderson in the Trent Bridge pavilion. “It is the last match of the tour, let us not have a controversy,” said the India captain.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali’s father has hit out at the abuse directed towards the England all-rounder and labelled it “disgraceful”.