Video:Pakistan cricketer asks Dilshan to embrace Islam

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Islamabad:- Religious comments by Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after a recent one-day game are being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla Sri Lanka, on August 30, Shehzad, 22, was caught on camera telling the explosive Lankan batsman, “If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.”

While Dilshan’s reply was not audible, Shehzad went on to say, “Then be ready for the fire.”

Shehzad, who made his Test debut this year, 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 Sri Lanka Cricket official or our own manager lodged any complaint.”

However, Akbar said the PCB was still investigating the matter.

Dilshan, 37, 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, his brothers and sisters followed their mother’s religion from childhood.

Dilshan scored an unbeaten 50 in the match and powered the home team to a seven-wicket victory in the ODI series decider. (Source: India TV News)

  Comments - 35

  • abeyro Thursday, 04 September 2014 02:58 AM

    Don't take these things seriously.

    ven.pathberiye wimal Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:20 AM

    I think Dilshan is a Buddhist so far.

    el Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:35 AM

    Dilshan took up the Sinhalese name when he wanted to enter cricket. But it's his decision and no one else should bother!

    Don Don Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:40 AM

    You put the icing on the cake.

    Naveen Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:39 AM

    Dilshan converted into Buddhism from Islam on his own, Ahmed Shehzad's immature fairy tail speeches ain't gonna change Dilshan's mind.

    Rana Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:43 AM

    All islamists and their countries are now straight onto heaven through hell fire. May Allah be merciful to all morons he created

    Don Don Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:46 AM

    OMG,when there is a lot of Pakistanis and Arabs are in the heaven, how would it be still called heaven?

    Anyway, leave this as a pvt chat, as long as Dilshan has no issues..

    malij Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:48 AM

    This is how they operate. Ban Shezad coming again to Sri Lanka

    Izmy Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:48 AM

    Even if u go to hell there is nothing to worry bicos u will have a jolly good time meeting friends and shaking hands.

    xlntgson Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:49 AM

    half muslim no muslim however if he chose to be a real buddhist good, pure vegetarian!

    malij Thursday, 04 September 2014 03:50 AM

    This is how they operate.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:27 PM

    True, a private chat is being blown out of proportion. If Dilshan has no issue with it then just drop it.

    das Thursday, 04 September 2014 07:08 AM

    [quote name="Yoosuf"]Very Immature discussion by Shehzad. I am muslim all my life and studied Islam through proper channel. There is nothing called you be a 'Muslim and do whatever you want then you will go to heaven'. This is the education level of Pakistanis even being a Muslim country. this is why there are groups like Taliban, Boku karam & ISIS, Thinking they know the correct Islam and ending up insulting Islam.[/[quote name="Yoosuf"]Very Immature discussion by Shehzad. I am muslim all my life and studied Islam through proper channel. There is nothing called you be a 'Muslim and do whatever you want then you will go to heaven'. This is the education level of Pakistanis even being a Muslim country. this is why there are groups like Taliban, Boku karam & ISIS, Thinking they know the correct Islam and ending up insulting Islam.[/quote]

    well said, my friend.

    worthless Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:26 AM

    friendly chat of players is of no value.forget it. via DM Android App

    ranjith Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:08 AM

    How foolish to believe being a muslim will take you straight to he,whatever bad you do.

    FOX Thursday, 04 September 2014 07:18 AM

    Repeat 1000 times?

    jana Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:25 AM

    hehe dilshan says "I Don't like heaven" lol

    lkboy Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:25 AM

    What a shame!

    Yoosuf Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:33 AM

    Very Immature discussion by Shehzad. I am muslim all my life and studied Islam through proper channel. There is nothing called you be a 'Muslim and do whatever you want then you will go to heaven'. This is the education level of Pakistanis even being a Muslim country. this is why there are groups like Taliban, Boku karam & ISIS, Thinking they know the correct Islam and ending up insulting Islam.

    LadenBinAlMaktum Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:35 AM

    straight to heaven only? No seven virgins?

    tony Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:39 AM

    DONT BLOW UP THIS ONE TO ONE CHAT

    HellWelcomes Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:40 AM

    If a Non Muslim asked a Muslim in Pakistan to convert to his/her religion, what would have happened ?

    kithudugama Friday, 05 September 2014 04:02 AM

    What a fruit cake the little pork sausage !!!

    Anu Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:16 AM

    brilliant mate!!!

    kithudugama Friday, 05 September 2014 04:03 AM

    This moron should be banned from inter national cricket.

    Anu Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:18 AM

    respect!!!

    kandykolla Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:48 AM

    Thiyana prashna madiwata.....!!

    Rich Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:49 AM

    What if Dilshan born in Pakistan or Afghanistan and shezad born to Buddhist mother in Sri Lanka... Dilshan could have been a Muslim and Shezad Buddhist... Let any one believe what they like... do not dictate

    roy Friday, 05 September 2014 04:18 PM

    Shezad joins ISIS idiots.

    Kasun Harshana Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:51 AM

    Dilshan Says "I don't like to go heaven".

    Banda Thursday, 04 September 2014 04:59 PM

    70% of Sri Lanka population is Buddhist. And Buddhists believe in freedom to think. Hence, so long as Dilshan does not mind, Shehzad has all the right to tell or advice Dilshan on what ever he believes about his heaven. It's up to Dilshan to accept it or not. BBS fight to uphold such freedom and values. The problem is Muslims are not allowed such freedom.

    Suriyan Nathan Thursday, 04 September 2014 05:02 PM

    This remark made by the Pakistani player towards one of our players underscores the reason why Pakistan is in turmoil. Today, Pakistan is 98% Muslim, and the root cause of their on going "terrorism" is the conflict between "moderate" and "radical" Islam. Pakistan does not believe in being secular, hence this regrettable outcome, and outcome that need not be exported to our more harmonious and peaceful shores!

    Ashiq Friday, 05 September 2014 04:24 AM

    Originally TM was stand for Thuwan Mohamed. He then converted to Buddism and changed to Thilakaratne Mahaname. In our view he is a Murdhath (deserter of Islam). Nothing wrong to invite him again

    Sam Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:19 AM

    [quote name="HellWelcomes"]If a Non Muslim asked a Muslim in Pakistan to convert to his/her religion, what would have happened ?[/quote]

    They will call it a "Personal Conversation" and ignore

    imo Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:22 AM

    another card for BBS to play via DM Android App


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