Pakistan’s opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad gave some religious comments to Sri-Lanka’s opening batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan which are under investigation by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). After Sri-Lanka won the third and final ODI to win the series, while the players were walking back to the dressing room. Shahzad was involved in a religious chat with Dilshan, ‘If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.’ After Dilshan’s reply Shahzad concluded by saying, ‘Then be ready for the fire.’
PCB called Shahzad for further investigations asking about his comments, PCB general manager media Agha Akbar gave his statement. Akbar said, ‘Ahmad has informed the PCB that it was his personal chat with Dilshan, and there was nothing more to it. What we understand is that no Sri Lanka Cricket official or our own manager lodged any complaint.’
Dilshan once known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and Buddhist mother, he changed his Muslim name after his debut in 1999 to Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan with an ethnic Sinhalese-Buddhist identity. His childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said that Dilshan carried a muslim name, but he followed his mother’s religion like his brothers and sisters from childhood. Dilshan scored a brilliant fifty and went not out to guide his nation with a seven-wicket win over Pakistan.