English All-rounder Moeen Ali admits that religion is more important to him than cricket and is even willing to give up his career for Islam.

England cricketer Moeen Ali says cricket is "nowhere near as important" to him as his Islamic faith.

Speaking to Mishal Husain ahead of the Investec Test series against Pakistan, he says his religion is "the only thing that can give him happiness" and it would be "easy" to give up cricket if he had to.

He says getting abuse because of his religion is "a part of life".

Moeen Ali has represented England in 26 Tests and 39 ODIs which includes two tons in each format. He has 66 wickets to his name in Tests and 39 in ODIs.

When asked about minority in England, he said : " It is tough, it does feel like you have be on your guard. For me, it’s a part of life, hopefully, I’ll get through the rough bit and hopefully see a bit of light at the end of it and it will be all right. Muslims have had it tough before, other communities have had it tough before in other countries, it’s part of life."

From : BBC Radio