There is a time and place for spouting religious doctrine, but the playing grounds should not become praying grounds. Moreover, TM Dilshan is too good a cricket player to be flustered by any of that nonsense (and the match was over anyway so there was no good reason to launch into Theology 101).
Shahzad would have been better off focusing on his game instead of focusing on a lost soul. May better sense prevail next time around (World Cup Cricket is only 150 days away).
Pakistan today said it has set up a committee to look into a religious
spat between their opener Ahmed Shahzad and Sri Lankan counterpart
Tillakaratne Dilshan last month.
Television footage showed Shahzad passing a religious remark at Dilshan
after the third and final one-day international in Dambulla last week.
After Sri Lanka notched a seven-wicket win to take the series 2-1 and
the players were walking off the field, Shahzad can be heard on camera
saying to Dilshan: “If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no
matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.”
Dilshan replied he doesn’t want to go there, to which Shahzad replied: “Then be ready for the fire.”
The remarks stemmed from reports that 37-year-old Dilshan was born to a
Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was originally named Tuwan
But once his parents separated he changed his religion and name to Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan as a Buddhist.
The footage went viral on the Internet, prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to summon Shahzad on Wednesday.
A PCB spokesman said the matter will be investigated by an internal
committee headed by director of international cricket Zakir Khan. “We have formed an internal committee under Zakir and have also written
to Sri Lanka Cricket whether they have any complaint,” said spokesman
Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said no official complaint was lodged after the match. “It happened on the last day of the tour but there as no official
complaint by match officials or Sri Lankan players so I think it must be
a general thing,” said Moin.