In August 2018, former Afghanistan skipper decided to change his name. Previously his name was Asghar Stanikzai. The Kabul-born batsman said that he is pleased to use the word ‘Afghan’ beside his name.
He further stated that all the Afghans should protect their national identity and deem it as national duty. The name became official after Asghar registered for the new Electronic National Identity Cards (E-tazkira).
Later the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the change through their official Twitter handle. Asghar is Afghanistan’s highest capped player. He has playing since 2009, the same year when Afghanistan got their first ODI status.
Dilshan was born in 1976 in a Muslim family. Originally he was named Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan. His father belonged to a Islam following Malay group. However after Dilshan’s parents separated, he took his mother’s religion of Buddhism.
This happened in the year 1999 and since then his initials TM stood for Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage. Dilshan’s childhood coach, Ranjan Paranavitana, revealed that although Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his siblings followed Buddhism.
Dilshan is one of the renowned cricketers of Sri Lanka. He made his international debut in 1999 and since then played for 17 years. He played his last match against Australia in Colombo in September 2016.