Ali risks punishment

A close-up view of the wrist bands worn by Moeen Ali
A close-up view of the wrist bands worn by Moeen Ali
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali risked disciplinary action after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said they were investigating his decision to wear wristbands in support of Gaza during the third Test match against India.

He wore wristbands that read ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’, while batting during England’s first innings at the Ageas Bowl, which could see him face reprimand if it is considered to be a political statement.

An ICC spokesman said: ‘We’re investigating and will report in due course.’

England, however, suggested no offence had been committed when they were asked for their reaction to the incident.

An ECB spokesman said: ‘As far as we are concerned, he has not committed any offence,’ adding it was up to the ICC to decide what action, if any, Ali should face.

ICC regulations prohibit players from displaying political, religious or racial statements on their clothing and equipment while taking part in international matches.

The 27-year-old, a practising Muslim of Pakistani descent,was only in action for 42 minutes while he made 12 runs off 28 balls before he was caught off India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.