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Cricketers who Converted Religion

Cricketers who converted religion

Apart from many things that we inherit from our parents, one is our religion. It is just not a status, but also the reflection of our character and our opinions. So it can be, in some cases, that the religion that we are born with is not the one that we entirely agree with. Instead, one can find another that has coinciding thoughts with theirs and that is one case when one gets converted by religion. Cricket has seen such cases as well. Here are the top cricketers who got their religion changed.

Suraj Randiv

Suraj Randiv

The Right arm off-break bowler from Sri Lanka represented the country in 12 tests and 30 ODIs bagging a total of 86 international wickets. Not many know that he was born to parents following Islam, with the name of Mohamed Marshuk Mohamed Suraj. Suraj later got converted to Buddhism and also changed his name in the year 2010 and is known as Suraj Randiv ever since.

Mohammad Yousuf ( Yousuf Youhana)

Yousuf Youhana

Yousuf Youhana was the fourth Christian and fifth non-Muslim player who played in the national cricket team of Pakistan. He later adapted himself into Islam religion and changed his name to Mohammad Yousuf in the year 2005. There is a controversy related to this conversion that his teammate Saeed Anwar influenced him in the procedure.

Wayne Parnell

Wayne Parnell

The South African speedster declared of his change to Islam in July 2011 while he had already completed the procedure in January that year. He demolished all the rising speculations by saying his Islam acquaintances like teammates Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir or team manager Mohammad Moosajee played no role in this decision of his and he took it all by himself after studying for a long time about the religion. His Islam name is Waleed, but he uses his previous name only.

Tillakaratne Dilshan


One of the cricketing giants of a Sri Lankan team, Dilshan has many fans of his trademark shot ‘Dilscoop’, but not many of them know that the cricketer was born as Muslim. At the age of 16, Dilshan decided to follow the path of Buddha and got converted to Buddhism. He was earlier known as Tuwan Muhammad Dilshan.

Though cricket has seen much changes in religions, we believe that the game is beyond boundaries and unites people from every cast and creed and will continue to do so as long as it lasts.

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