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PCB to probe Ahmed Shehzad's religious advice to Tillakaratne Dilshan

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 12:57pm IST | Place: ISLAMABAD | Agency: ANI

While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan that if one is a non-Muslim and he turns Muslim, no matter whatever one does in his life, he goes straight to heaven. Dilshan's reply was not audible, and Shehzad went on to say that then he should be ready for the fire, The Dawn reported.

PCB general manager media Agha Akbar revealed that Shehzad was summoned to the board's headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday and asked about his comments. He added that Shehzad has informed the PCB that it was his personal chat with Dilshan, and there was nothing more to it. Akbar said that what they understand is that no Sri Lanka Cricket official or their own manager lodged any complaint. However, he also said that the PCB was still investigating the matter.

 

Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan. He shed his Muslim name shortly after his international debut in 1999 and took up the name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan with an ethnic Sinhalese-Buddhist identity. His childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters followed their mother's religion from their childhood.




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