KARACHI: A young Pakistani Christian selected in the Vatican Cricket team.
According to details, Aamir Bhatti, a young seminary student has been selected in the Vatican Cricket team as a wicketkeeper. Aamir who has been in training in Vatican for three years now to become a Catholic priest comes from Steel Town area of Karachi. Aamir Bhatti is in the Vatican on a scholarship, of which he proudly says, “Only a few students are lucky enough to be awarded a Vatican scholarship. From Pakistan it was me and Brother Joseph Saleem.” Even as expressing his love for the game he told that cricket has been his hobby since his hobby since he was a child. “In Pakistan everyone likes to play cricket. I am an all-rounder. I bowl right arm medium fast, but got selected as a wicketkeeper in the Vatican team,” he says.
Aamir Bhaati studied from the Shah Latif Boys School later went to College in Sindhi Muslim Society. He is well acquainted with Greek, Latin and Hebrew while knows English, Urdu, French, and Italian besides Punjabi, Seraiki, Sindhi and Pashto. Like most of the youngsters he said that he wanted to become a doctor, “But none of that matters when you hear God calling out to you. I had just completed F.Sc when I decided to become a priest. A priest is a jack of all – doctor, nurse, mother, father, brother …”
All the same, the Vatican Cricket team consist of an international group of Catholic priests and seminarians in Rome and including eight Indians, two Sri Lankans and one each from Pakistan, England and Ireland. On the other hand, Pope Francis wishes a fraternal World Cup. Just as, the Vatican decided to form a cricket team; players were to be brought from the church, so they asked all the seminarians studying at the Vatican in Rome to try for the team. The selection committee on the other hand comprised Father Tony, Father Eammon and Brother Joseph. Brother Joseph has been coach to Mohammad Azharuddin, Rahul Dravid and Lakshman.
Brother Aamir Bhatti is all the more excited about being selected in the Vatican XI of Rome that tours England in September to play against the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI.