After “Love Jihad” its now “Cricket Jihad”

Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad attacks Tillakaratne Dilshan over religion

After “Love Jihad” its now “Cricket Jihad”

Religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday are being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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.

Dilshan scored an unbeaten 50 on Saturday and powered the home team to a seven-wicket victory in the ODI series decider.


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2 Responses to "After “Love Jihad” its now “Cricket Jihad”"

  1. रवीश  September 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    It has come to the point where I have to let you guys know about why Pakistani cricket players behave like this. There is a strong possibility that Pakistani Cricket Team has close ties with Pakistani Army.

    Now, keeping that aside, I must inform you guys of a very noble and genuine gentleman full of wisdom, who has talked about the nature of Pakistani army and its origin.

    I would urge you to please watch Mashal Khan Takkar’s videos on Youtube.

    Mashal Khan Takkar is the founder of Great Afghanistan Movement. He quotes, “In countries around the world, they have armies but in the case of Pakistan, it is the army that has a country.”

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mashalkhan.takkar?fref=ts

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mashaltakkar

    Here are a couple of his Youtube videos that you must watch:

    1. Army, the plunderer or saviour of Pakistan…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IQp03AnD-s&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    2. GAM: The dirty role of TROIKA in Pakistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrumQw_EXXs

    3. GAM: Pakistan, “Hell for the Minorities” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYJ-JL9q-o&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    4. Pakistan on the verge of collapse and disintegration (23rd March) please https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvyCF8deV3s&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    5. Freedom Fighters in Pakistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjDFZ9tATpY&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    6. GAM: Birth and death of Pakistan (in English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoELwPhnal0&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    7. GAM: Pakistan and Afghanistan problem (in English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZPEZh34uGY&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    8. Afghanistan & Pakistan problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgumCCbv88&list=UUpGbfojvu5JT0ehDUE8KFeA

    You can also email him at greatafghanistanmovement@yahoo.com or at mtakkar@yahoo.com

  2. Tuan  September 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    This is a personal chat between two muslim brothers and i don’t understand why it made a big issue.Dilshan understands it very well and never complained.Tuan Muhammed Dilshan known since school days had to shed his name to represent SL like Muhammed Siraj who change the name to Suraj Randiv when he represented the Country.
    Unless cricketers from a minority communities are a genius set of cricketers like Murali,mathews,thissara Perera etc., the chances once may get the ticket sooner,the identity matters a lot in SL.


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