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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

Cardinal George Pell’s Criticism Of Benedict’s Resignation Will Impede His Chances Of Being Next Pope.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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Click to access the U.K. “Daily Telegraph” original.

It will NOT be the criticism of a pope, in this instance Benedict XVI, that will hurt his papabile credentials.

What will hurt his chances of being the Next Pope is WHAT he criticized Benedict for — i.e., that he was RESIGNING, which he did not think was appropriate. To be fair I agree with Pell on this. Pope should NOT resign. They should soldier on, despite any and all adversity, as did John Paul II

So what is the problem?

The problem is that Pell has, with his criticism, indicated that there is NO CHANCE that he would resign — IF he were to become pope.

So, if Pell becomes pope he would stay pope till the end, as have so, so many other popes.

There are two ways that we could be in need of a NEW pope.

1/ Pope Francis, as he has intimidated many times, exploiting Benedict’s recent precedent, retires soon after he turns 80 — on December 17, 2016.

2/ Something happens to Pope Francis.

In the retirement scenario, George Pell will be 75.6 years old at the time of the conclave.

IF something happens to Francis prior to his 80th birthday, George Pell will be younger than 75.6.

A man that looks as robust as Pell could easily live into his mid-80s if not longer.

That means that if elected when he is 75, Pell could be pope for 10 years or more — GIVEN that he will not resign.

And that is the problem.

Today’s cardinals do not appear to want another long pontificate. Since John Paul II they have only elected popes that are older than 75.

So something to think about.