Moeen Ali was born in Birmingham and a familiar figure for county cricket fans but his call up for England today led many to respond with racist insults.
The worst of the abuse was on social networking site Facebook, where ‘fans’ of the BBC Sport page responded to the news with a series of slurs likening the all-rounder to ‘Bin Laden’ and ‘Borat’.
Others assumed that he was ‘foreign’ and questioned whether England should select a non-English player. It sparked a debate with many condemning the remarks as ignorant.
National selector James Whitaker praised the player:” Moeen has been a very consistent performer for Worcestershire and the club and their coaching staff must take credit for his continued progress.”