Aamir Bhatti

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Aamir Bhatti, a young Pakistani Catholic is the Wicket-keeper of the Vatican cricket team. [1]

The Team[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

St. Peter’s Cricket team will play their first “Light of Faith Tour” in September 2014, against the Anglican Church at Canterbury. The team is made up of 12 priests, deacons and seminarians, two-thirds Indian, with others from England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Fr. Eamon O’Higgins is the team manager for the Club.[2] The Club is the idea of Australia's ambassador to the Vatican, John McCarthy.[3] The captain is Fr. Tony Currer, a right-hand batsman from England.[4] Established in October 2013, the team is called the Vatican XI. The team’s uniforms are in the papal colours of white and gold with the crossed-key emblem of the Vatican.[5]

The Wicket-keeper[edit | hide | edit source]

Bhatti, preparing to become a Catholic priest in Rome for the past three, is in the Vatican on a scholarship. He has been playing cricket since he was a child. He is an all-rounder and bowls right arm medium fast. However, he was selected as a wicketkeeper in the Vatican team.[1] He was selected from over 250 potential players from around the world studying in religious institutions in Rome.[3]

He studied at Shah Latif Boys School and College in Sindhi Muslim Society in Karachi. Bhatti understands Greek, Latin and Hebrew and speaks English, Urdu, French, Italian, Punjabi, Seraiki, Sindhi and Pashto. He had wanted to study medicine but heard the call of God and joined the seminary. After studying at the Vatican for three years he has now completed his theology studies. He plans to specialise in Missiology. [1]

The Governor[edit | hide | edit source]

The Governor of Sindh in Pakistan met with Bhatti and Fr Robert McCulloch on July 8, 2014. The governor presented them with a cheque and six test-quality Pakistani-made cricket bats as “a gift for our friends in the Vatican.”[6]