IPL 2021: Here’s the reason why Moeen Ali refused to wear the jersey of CSK
Moeen Ali is a practicing Muslim and his faith forbids him from consuming alcohol. He doesn’t support logos of alcohol brands on any of his jerseys, be it for England or any other domestic side he plays for around the world.
The Chennai Super Kings jersey has the logo of SNJ 10000, which is a surrogate product brand of Chennai-based SNJ Distilleries. The CSK management has agreed to Moeen’s request and removed the logo from his match jersey.
CSK bought the 33-year-old allrounder for a whopping Rs 7 crore at the IPL 2021 auction in February. This is Moeen’s second IPL franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played for 3 seasons since 2018.
Moeen has played 19 IPL matches so far, scoring 309 runs and picked 10 wickets. Last month Moeen expressed his excitement at playing under former India captain MS Dhoni at CSK this season.
“I’ve spoken to players who have played under MS and they tell me how he improves their game. I believe a great captain does that,” Moeen was quoted as saying by the CSK website.
“I think it’s something on every player’s wish list to play under MS. I think it’s the confidence and the clarity he gives people. It’s exciting,” he added.
Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings will be opening their IPL 2021 campaign against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.