Religious remarks by Ahmed Shehzad to Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international this is being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board. When the players were going back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was captured on camera saying to Dilshan “if you are a non-Muslim and you convert into Muslim, no issue whatever you do in your life, go straight to heaven.” Dilshan’s reply was not capable of being heard, and Shehzad continued to say, “Then get ready for the fire.”
Shehzad was called to PCB control center in Lahore and inquired about his remarks, board general manager media Agha Akbar informed the Associated Press. “Ahmed has said the PCB that it was his private chat with Dilshan, and there was not anything more to it,” Akbar said. “What we appreciate is that no Sri Lanka Cricket official or our own manager lodged any grievance.” However, Akbar said the PCB was still looking into the matter.
Dilshan was born to a Muslim father was identified as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan. He discarded his Muslim name in a while after his international debut in 1999 and adopted the name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan with a racial Sinhalese-Buddhist identity. His early days coach Paranavitana said though Dilshan accepted a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters went after their mother’s religion. Dilshan made a score 50 not out on Saturday and motorized the home team to a seven-wicket victory in the ODI series.