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Controversy: What did Ahmed Shehzad say to Tillakaratne Dilshan?

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Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 16:57 [IST]
 
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Islamabad, Sep 4: Batsman Ahmed Shehzad is being investigated by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his religious comments to Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, according to media reports.

The religious comments by Shehzad to Dilshan were made after their ODI last Saturday in Sri Lanka. Dilshan scored an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.

Controversy: What did Shehzad say?

As the players headed back to the dressing room in Dambulla, 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," "Associated Press" report said.

Dilshan's reply was not audible, and Shehzad went on to say, "Then be ready for the fire," the report added.

Shehzad was summoned to PCB headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday (September 3) and asked about his comments, board general manager media Agha Akbar told the "AP".

"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," according to the report.

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Story first published:  Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11:48 [IST]
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