9th September 2020   •   article
Moeen Ali becomes first Muslim and British Asian to captain England Cricket team in T20 International match

by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
It was another watershed moment for cricket yesterday when Moeen Ali became the first Muslim and Asian player to captain the English Cricket Team in a Twenty20 International match.

"It's an absolute honour to captain your country," he said at the toss, standing in for Eoin Morgan.

Of course he wasn't the first overall. That title belongs to Nasser Hussain, who was captain of the English Cricket Team between 1999 and 2003.

But for Ali it was the first time he was properly leading England.

"When Morgs [Eoin Morgan] told me last night, I was over the moon," he said. "I don't feel proud a lot of the time, but that was one of my proudest moments. To lead my country out was amazing. I'll never, ever forget it."

It may have been a one-off this time but we hope there will be many more such opportunities.
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