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Pakistan    CATHOLIC CRICKETER HELPS HEAL RELIGIOUS DIVIDE
Admiration for a Catholic cricketer in Pakistan increased for his award-winning scores at the recent Asia Cup, but also for his humble ways and clean living that bear witness to his faith.
    Nigar Ahmed, head of Aurat (women) Foundation, told a group of mainly Muslim and Christian women in Lahore, "Today, the best known Pakistani Christian is Yousaf Youhanna. He is the best witness Christians have."
    Youhanna made Pakistani Christians proud when he grabbed three major awards at the Asia Cup tournament held May-June 2000 in Bangladesh, including the best player award. Youhanna helped Pakistan win the Asia Cup for the first time in eight years. He scored 80 runs against Bangladesh and centuries (100 runs in an inning) against Sri Lanka and India.
    Pakistani former test cricketer Hanif Mohammed praised Youhanna's performance, saying that in addition to his high scoring average, he "held the innings together" to help clinch the game against India.
    Catechist B. Ghani Sardar told UCA News that he is happy that Youhanna has "continued to make the sign of the cross" each time he scores 50 or 100 runs.
    Yaqub Hameed, headmaster of St. Peter's School in Toba Tek Singh, expressed hope that Youhanna can "stay clean of match fixing." So far, his name has not been mentioned in any of match-fixing allegations, he said.
    A Muslim vendor told UCA News, "One Christian shows the country how to live cleanly. He plays well and is humble and friendly with all."
   
UCAN
5/7/00



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