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A 16-Year Old Playing Test Cricket For Pakistan v. Australia, Naseem Shah, Is Pretty Astounding.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘cricinfo.com’ (of course).

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘cricinfo.com’ (of course).

Yes, of course, as the top image attests, there have been younger cricketers — some of them that went onto become rather famous, and Mushtaq Mohammed was the granddaddy of them all. I had forgotten that Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year old. Wow.


I can kind of recall what I was like at 16.

Of course, all these folks are exceptional, prodigies with prodigious talent. But, learning that he was 16 when he came out to bat, and was facing Mitchell Starc (29), in all of fury and glory, was quite mind-blowing and humbling. Cricket is NOT what it used to be — even a decade ago, let alone 1959 when Mushtaq Mohammed came on the scene. It is much, much, much more cut-throat, competitive and, yes, even vicious — though, alas (as far as I am concerned), everyone hides and cowers under helmets.

He is a big kid and is speedy. Not sure how good he is and whether he truly deserved the call-up.

That he ‘got’ — or more to the point, thought he got — his first wicket with a NO BALL was the supreme irony. Then he had a horrendous misfield on the boundary.

Well, all eyes will be on him. I wish him well. He deserves that. But, not sure whether Pakistan has done the right thing or done him a favor.

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by Anura Guruge

“Cricket All-Stars Series 2015”, T20, With Tendulkar & Warne, In NY, LA and Houston — The Teams.

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From the U.K. “Daily Mail“.
Here is the link to the original article.

Click the images to ENLARGE and read here.


Sachin Tendulkar & Shane Warne rang the opening bell at the NYSE this morning.
That is HOW I found out about this — not living in NYC, LA or Houston.


Click to access YouTube video.

The T20 teams from around the World.

Some BIG names.


This is GREAT news. Cricket, given the MILLIONS of Indians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis now living in the U.S., not even mentioning the Brits and Aussies, has a HUGE — but low still low profile — following in the U.S. You can see multiple cricket games, being played with gusto, in any of the major U.S. cities from May to October. When we went to Philadelphia in May (to pick up the Jaguar XJ8) we saw at least 4 games in progress right in the heart of the city.

So this good. I am glad. I hear that the prices are quite high, $100+ at some venues and even higher. That is a shame. It is the kids that we need at these games.

Right now I get so much cricket that I cannot keep up! A real problem. I am TRYING to watch, even in just Highlight form, Australia v. New Zealand 1st Test, Pakistan v. England 3rd Test and Sri Lanka v. West Indies WOMEN ODIs. Given that I can only justify devoting about 80 minutes a day to cricket, I just can’t keep up. I am missing much of the India v. South Africa series. Yes, this is all on the Roku via Sling.

I will try and keep you posted on this. Not sure whether they will show this on ESPN.