The England cricketer Moeen Ali says he was stopped by border officers on his return to the country from the T20 world cup in India.
Ali arrived at Birmingham Airport on Saturday afternoon ahead of the start of Worcestershire’s county cricket season, but was detained by members of the UK Border Force for 40 minutes.
The Birmingham-born all-rounder is a Muslim of Pakistani origin, and took to Twitter to complain that he was never stopped when he was travelling through airports with the rest of the England team.
Describing the experience as “hard times”, he was supported by fellow English cricketers Adil Rashid and Owais Shah, the latter saying “your beard might have something to do with it”.
Ali wrote: “Have never been stopped at the airport when travelling with a team in uniform, but travel alone and get stopped for 40 minutes!! Joke.”
Single-handedly rescuing England from what would have been a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan, Ali played a key role in seeing Eoin Morgan’s team through to the final.
But he was caught for a duck off his second ball in the dramatic match in Kolkata which saw the West Indies triumph.
Have never been stopped at the airport when travelling with a team in uniform, but travel alone and get stopped for 40 minutes!! Joke
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) April 9, 2016
— Naeem (@NaeemRiaz) April 9, 2016
— Owais shah (@owaisshah203) April 9, 2016
— Adil Rashid (@AdilRashid03) April 9, 2016