For the context, after England’s loss in the second Chennai Test, one where Moeen Ali was their best performer, Root said that it was Ali, who ‘chose’ to go back home after the second Test and miss the remaining series. This created a raucous around media, with many criticizing Moeen Ali for leaving the tour midway.
“Moeen has chosen to go home. It’s obviously been a very tricky tour for him. As mentioned at the start, if players feel like they need to get out of the bubble, then that’s been an option. With Moeen it wasn’t more asking if he wanted to stay, it was a decision he had chosen,” Root said at the time.
However, Ali’s break was pre-planned as part of the rest and rotation policy instituted by the ECB to give break to its players from the bio-bubble in a packed cricket schedule in order to keep them fit physically and mentally.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood, have all been rested at some point of their tour of Asia comprising 2 Tests in Sri Lanka, 4 in India, and 8 white-ball matches in India followed by the IPL.
Root can account for being clumsy in making his statement regarding the departure of Ali. The news spread, and later head coach, Chris Silverwood has clarified that Ali’s leave was pre-planned and that Joe Root has apologized to the all-rounder for his mistake.
“First of all, we’re sorry.The impression we gave yesterday was Moeen’s been treated different to other people. He isn’t. I can guarantee you that. The decision for him to go home was ours as it was with Buttler, Sam, Bairstow and Wood, to be honest. So, we’re happy to own that decision,” Silverwood said.
Some people can make it a bigger thing than it is: Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali, who was recently purchased by Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 7 crores in the IPL 2021 Auction, says that everything is fine between him, the English skipper, and the management. The 33-year-old reveals that he had accepted Root’s apology then and there when Root returned from the press conference.
The left-hander believes a section of people blows things out of proportion and wants a target to latch onto. The off-spinner will return to India to play in the white-ball matches and then will participate in the IPL 2021.
“I know him really well and it was an honest mistake. It was pretty much sorted straight away. I think some people can make it a bigger thing than it is,” Moeen Ali told Sky Sports.