England cricketer Moeen Ali says for him religion is more important than cricket and he is even willing to give up his career for Islam.
Speaking to the BBC, Ali said “At the back of my mind there is a responsibility that I am representing Islam, Muslims and British Asians. It is a positive thing. As long as I perform, which is the most the most important thing and I can behave.”
On being asked about his faith towards Islam, Ali replied “The most important thing of everything, it is something that, I feel like it makes me feel free and the one I wanted to be all my life. As a youngster, I was far from it. When I was about 18-19, I decided that this is the way I want to live my life. It is the only thing that can give me happiness. Cricket is important but nowhere near as important as Islam, if I have to give up cricket tomorrow, it will be easy.”
Moeen Ali has been an important member of the English squad from the past two years. Ali has represented The Three Lions in 26 Tests and 39 ODIs which includes two tons in each format. He has 66 wickets to his name in Tests and 39 in ODIs.