Sri Lanka Cricket stands by Dilshan over association with Bollywood starlet

Mar 22, 2012, 18:17 IST | PTI

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today said that it will stand by its cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan over media stories involving a Bollywood actress.

Tillakaratne Dilshan has the backing of SLC. Pic/AP

A story has appeared today in a local newspaper, 'Daily Mirror', which claimed that the little known Bollywood actress, Nupur Mehta, whose name surfaced in match-fixing allegations, has claimed to have been dating Sri Lankan batsman Dilshan.

According to the daily, the starlet had admitted to have met some international cricketers in a casino during Twenty20 World Cup in England in 2009. But SLC said that it condemns all the accusations made in the article of the newspaper.

Nupur Mehta
Nupur Mehta. Pic/AFP

"We have read with concern the recent media reports pertaining to a Sri Lankan national cricketer, T M Dilshan and regret to note that during a period, such as this, where T M Dilshan is performing to the best of his abilities, representing Sri Lanka in all formats of the game, with a Test series against England about to commence on March 26th 2012, such a story has been given wide publicity in the media," SLC statement said.

"Sri Lanka Cricket stands by T M Dilshan at this critical time and condemns the accusations/comments made in the said article," the statement further stated.

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