PCB to probe Shehzad’s comments

Published: September 5, 2014
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Shehzad was caught on camera stating to Dilshan that “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, [you’ll go] straight to heaven.”PHOTO: AFP

Shehzad was caught on camera stating to Dilshan that “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, [you’ll go] straight to heaven.”PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed an internal inquiry committee to look into the matter of Ahmed Shehzad’s religious comments to Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan.

In a video posted on a website, the Pakistan batsman can be seen talking to Dilshan while coming back from the ground at the end of the third ODI between the two countries.

Shehzad was caught on camera stating to Dilshan that “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, [you’ll go] straight to heaven.”

One of the directors of the PCB has been asked to lead the internal inquiry.

There had been reports that Dilshan had earlier converted from Islam to Buddhism, while other reports suggest that his father was a Muslim and his mother a Buddhist.

Earlier in his career, he was known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan, but later changed his name to Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“The PCB has formed a three-member committee to inquire into the matter of Shehzad’s conversation with Dilshan,” a PCB official told The Express Tribune.

“We’re closely monitoring the situation, but so far we’ve not received any official complaint from either Dilshan or Sri Lanka Cricket. It’s a one-off and personal matter between these two players.”

The recent controversy may harm Shehzad’s chances of becoming the next T20 captain of Pakistan; he had been strong contender for the post after Mohammad Hafeez relinquished the captaincy after Pakistan’s dismal campaign at the World Twenty20 this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • irony
    Sep 5, 2014 - 6:45AM

    Why Pakistanis why!!!Recommend

  • Titoo
    Sep 5, 2014 - 7:05AM

    Vow…. Never can resist in canvassing…

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  • proudpaki
    Sep 5, 2014 - 8:28AM

    Pakistan media has ignored such a news? …..Why….
    This Person clearly depicts the mind of our society…..
    These are kind of person that are responsible for making pakistan a failed state…..
    The kind of thinking that world people have about pakistanis is either they are terrorist or they are arabs….Mind u..if we doesn’t mend our ways…Our childrens are gonna pay for this…ET..Please Publish..Nothing offensive………..

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  • Proud to be Muslim
    Sep 5, 2014 - 9:18AM

    there is non of a business what the players talk to each other privately. Secondly, spreading the message of Islam is the duty of every Muslim. If Ahmed Shahzad is trying to bring a person back to the religion of nature just by saying (not by the other famous methods these days) so what is wrong in it?

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  • vinsin
    Sep 5, 2014 - 10:56AM

    So PCB has refused to take action as predicted by media and persons of other nations.

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  • mustafa
    Sep 5, 2014 - 4:29PM

    Shehzad has not been a true representaive of the country. With a team of managers around him why they could not notice such an attitude brewing.

    Soemone should have told the golden rule that never to discuss religion and politics while
    representing an institution and in this case your country.

    I see similar tendencies in Afaridi, seen some political tweets and comments.This trend should not continue.

    The boys representing the country should be taught some basic lessons

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  • oBSERVER
    Sep 17, 2014 - 10:09AM

    @proudpaki: yes only your children you so and so.

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  • oBSERVER
    Sep 17, 2014 - 10:11AM

    @mustafa: change your name because you desecrate this one.

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