PCB writes to Sri Lanka Cricket, issues warning to Shehzad over religious comments

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) wrote a letter to Sri Lankan Cricket on Thursday, asking them if they have any objection to the comments made by Ahmed Shehzad to batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.

According to reports, the PCB is waiting for the reply to initiate further action against Shehzad. The board has also issued a stern warning saying that he should just concentrate on cricket.

The PCB is investigating religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday.

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 said.

“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 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. Agencies

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