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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal credits witchcraft for Test series win over Pakistan

After returning to Colombo on Tuesday night, Chandimal told reporters that he had received special blessings from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the Tests against Pakistan.

Written by: Subhasish Dutta, New Delhi [ Updated: November 01, 2017 17:37 IST ]
Dinesh Chandimal
A file image of Dinesh Chandimal.Photo:GETTY IMAGES

In a shocking move, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has claimed that witchcraft was the reason behind his team's surprise win over Pakistan in the two-match Test series last month. Sri Lanka had defeated Pakistan in both the Tests played in the United Arab Emirates.

Sri Lanka's victory in Tests came after they suffered a humiliating 9-0 sweep against India at home, losing three Tests, five ODIs and the one-off T20I.

After returning to Colombo on Tuesday night, Chandimal told reporters that he had received special blessings from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the Tests against Pakistan.

"I am always ready to accept the blessings of anyone -- whether it is a meyni or any clergy," Chandimal said.

"You can have talent, but without this blessing you can't move forward," he added.

Chandimal's comments came after a sorcerer claimed that she had cast a spell on the Pakistan team to ensure Sri Lanka's victory.

However, Sri Lanka's victorious spell was short lived as they tumbled to a 5-0 clean sweep in the ODI series and were then whitewashed 3-0 in T20I series by Pakistan.

Using witchcraft has been a normal practice in Sri Lanka, where many politicians and celebrities often look to witchcraft or astrology to enhance fortunes.

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