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Chandimal claims shamanism helped team

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has claimed that his side’s Test series win over Pakistan was aided by shamanism.

Chandimal, 27, helped his side to a 2-0 victory with a 21-run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi and then a 68-run victory in Dubai during October.

He told reporters he had received a special blessing from a maaniyo, a type of shaman, before the series.

“I am always ready to accept the blessings of anyone – whether it is a maaniyo or any clergy,” said Chandimal.

“You can have talent, but without this blessing you can’t move forward.”

Chandimal said the maaniyo he consulted was the mother of a friend.

His comments came a week after Sri Lanka’s sports minister denied ordering the struggling national team to use witchcraft before the Test series.

Dayasiri Jayasekara threatened to sue a sorcerer for claiming that, at his request, she cast a spell over Pakistan to ensure Sri Lanka’s victory.

Several Sri Lankan politicians, business leaders and sports stars put their faith in witchcraft or astrology.

After the two-match Test series, Sri Lanka failed to win any of their limited overs games against Pakistan, losing the one-day series 5-0 and all three Twenty20 matches. (Courtesy BBC)

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