Players' chief sees 'positive' in Moeen Ali row

The head of England`s Professional Cricketers` Association has said Moeen Ali should take it as a "positive" that he was booed by large sections of the crowd during England`s three-run Twenty20 win over India at Birmingham`s Edgbaston ground on Sunday.

Players' chief sees 'positive' in Moeen Ali row

London: The head of England`s Professional Cricketers` Association has said Moeen Ali should take it as a "positive" that he was booed by large sections of the crowd during England`s three-run Twenty20 win over India at Birmingham`s Edgbaston ground on Sunday.

Ali`s father, Munir Ali, is convinced his Birmingham-born son was targeted because of his Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage, with police treating it as a "non-crime hate related incident" after a complaint from a spectator.

But Angus Porter, the chief executive of England`s Professional Cricketers Association, said Tuesday he hoped there was no fall-out from Munir Ali`s comments.

"His dad offered his view sincerely and I hope it doesn`t stoke the fire because he was just standing up for his boy," Porter said.

"There is an element of taking it as a compliment. You are more likely to boo someone when you think they are someone to be feared.

"Take it as as a positive, you`d rather be booed than ignored."

Porter added he would be surprised if abuse had come Ali`s way from India fans. 

"It shouldn`t happen but I have always found the Indians to be respectful and it is a little bit surprising in that respect," he said.

Some players become `hate figures` with crowds because of incidents involving their opponents, such as the dust-up between England`s James Anderson and India`s Ravindra Jadeja in the Test series that preceded the limited overs matches between the two countries.

As a result, both players were jeered throughout India`s tour by spectators.

But there appeared to be no such `trigger` for the booing of Birmingham-born Ali.

"Supporters pay their money and they are entitled to express an opinion, but I don`t think it`s exclusively about Moeen," Porter said.

"You see other players get booed. Jimmy Anderson gets booed when he goes to Yorkshire and it`s disappointing when players are performing as entertainers and doing their best. 

"It would be great if spectators saw the positives."

Police are unable to take further action without a complaint from off-spinning all-rounder Ali who does not want to pursue the issue after taking one for 31 and being out for a duck in Sunday`s match.

"We are very disappointed with what happened. It should have been a special day," Munir Ali told a cricket website.

"Moeen was playing for his country in the city of his birth. It is the city I was born in and the city my mother was born in. The whole family was looking forward to it and we thought he would receive a warm welcome.

"Instead he was abused from the start. He was abused because he is a Muslim and because of his Pakistan heritage. That is disgraceful.

"We have experienced so much kindness and goodwill from all communities -- Indian, British and Pakistani -- in recent months, so it is disappointing that some supporters let their team down with this behaviour. 

"There is still a problem with racism between Asian communities in the UK."