Footage from the T20 World Cup final has sparked debate after two Muslim players were briefly excluded from England’s post-match celebrations on Sunday evening.
England defeated Pakistan by five wickets in front of 80,462 spectators at the MCG to become the first men’s team to simultaneously possess the ODI and T20 World Cup trophies.
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After the post-match presentation, the England squad briefly posed for photos before all-rounder Moeen Ali and leg-spinner Adil Rashid left the group, who proceeded to spray themselves in champagne.
Most of the Islamic community prohibits the consumption or even indirect association with alcohol.
England captain Jos Buttler was praised by many for ensuring Ali and Rashid were out of the way when the champagne showers commenced.