PCB to investigate ‘you turn Muslim’ advice from Ahmed Shehzad to Dilshan

Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan.

By: AP | Islamabad | Updated: September 4, 2014 11:50 am

Religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday are being investigated by the PCB.

While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.’’

Dilshan’s reply was not audible, and Shehzad went on to say, “Then be ready for the fire.’’ Shehzad was summoned to PCB headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday and asked about his comments, board general manager media Agha Akbar told the Associated Press.

“Ahmed has informed the PCB that it was his personal chat with Dilshan, and there was nothing more to it,’’ Akbar said. “What we understand is that no SL official or our own manager lodged any complaint.’’ However, Akbar said 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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    concerned Indian
    Sep 4, 2014 at 10:04 am
    why are u still living plz depart from this world for jannat, it is awaiting u
    1. Aniruddh Joshi
      Sep 5, 2014 at 5:27 am
      A private conversation to turn someone into their own religion and you think people will not care. Stop suppressing your own mistakes.
      1. A
        Sep 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm
        I have never seen a hindu or buddhist who thinks his religion is the true religion. Most of them only follow it as forefathers' religion. Islam call people to the worship of the God from the worship of false gods.
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          Girish Jois
          Sep 5, 2014 at 8:05 am
          There is nothing 'personal' about 'this' conversation;attempt at religion conversion, that's it !!!
          1. G
            Sep 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm
            ahmed...leave cricket and work in Mosque...grown up boy stop this nonsene
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