Yasir Arafat (Cricketer)

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2016-11-29 15:41:59Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat is an all-rounder of typically Pakistani ethos: ideal for the attacking mood of the limited-overs formats and was also capable enough to win three Test caps. When his international career came to an end in 2009, somewhat prematurely with his 30th birthday still distant, he proved himself a staple of the English county circuit, sharing his talent around six counties by the time Hampshire signed him for their T20 campaign in 2015.He was on the fringes of the Pakistan squad for a number of years though given the allrounders ahead of him - Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and even Shoaib Malik - limited his chances. He could generate pace and swing and was always liable to turn a game even as his career entered the veteran stage. He was also a dangerous lower-order plunderer, good enough to strike five first-class hundreds as well as one in List A cricket.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Yasir Arafat

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  • Nationality:


  • Residence:

    Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

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  • Profession:


  • Born
  • Date:

    12 March 1982

  • Place:

    Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Career
  • National Side:


  • Team Role:


  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm fast-medium

  • Batting Style:


  • Matches:

    3 in Tests & 11 in ODIs

  • Wickets :

    9 in Tests & 4 in ODIs

  • Bowling Average:

    48.66 in Tests & 93.25 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    47.00 in Tests & 14.80 in ODIs

  • 5 wickets in Innings :

    1 in Tests & 0 in ODIs

  • Best Bowling:

    5/161 in Tests & 1/28 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    0/- in Tests & 2/- in ODIs

  • Balls Bowled:

    627 in Tests & 414 in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    94 in Tests & 74 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    8 December 2007 v India

  • Test Last:

    1 March 2009 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Debut:

    13 February 2000 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Last:

    3 May 2009 v Australia

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  • T20 Debut :

    Bangladesh v Pakistan at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 2, 2007

  • T20 Last:

    India v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Sep 30, 2012

  • 100s / 50s:

    0/1 in Tests & 0/0 in ODIs

  • Top Score:

    50* in Tests & 27 in ODIs

  • First-Class Debut:


  • First-Class Last :

    Nov 5-8, 2016

  • Domestic team:

    Scotland, Barisal Burners, Canterbury, Dolphins, Kent, Khan Research Labs, Lancashire, Otago, Pakistan Reserves, Perth Scorchers, Rawalpindi, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex


Yasir Arafat in test match
Yasir Arafat in test match

Domestic Career

He was signed as an overseas player for Scotland as a replacement for Rahul Dravid, and played for them in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was signed as an overseas player for Sussex for the 2006 season to line-up alongside fellow countrymen Mushtaq Ahmed and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, and helped the team to win the double of the County Championship and the C&G Trophy as well as mount a serious challenge in the Pro40 League. He was signed up to play for Kent in the 2007 season.In 2004, Arafat performed the extremely rare feat of taking five wickets in six balls for Rawalpindi against the national champions Faisalabad in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. This had only been achieved three times previously in the entire history of first-class cricket, by Bill Copson in 1937, William Henderson in 1938, and Pat Pocock in 1972. Arafat was the only bowler to take the wickets spread over two innings.[1] "Yasir equals world record"- cricinfo Arafat is an old fashioned seam bowler and is able to swing the ball both to and from the batsman.Following the 2008 season, Arafat signed once more for Sussex as their overseas player for 2009,[2] Arafat returns to Sussex- bbc.co signing to return again for another season in 2010. In 2011 he signed for Surrey CCC. He joined Lancashire as an overseas player for the 2012 Friends Life t20.

International career

Yasir Arafat is bowling hard
Yasir Arafat is bowling hard
Having previously represented his country at Under-15 level, he made his ODI debut for Pakistan in 2000 when he was 17 years old against Sri Lanka in Karachi and took his first wicket in this match. He played just one more match the following year before being dropped. He was given a second chance at international cricket in the last ODI against England in December 2005 and was retained for the series against India in February 2006, but was left out of the ODI squad for the subsequent tour in England. His next chance at international cricket came in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy when he was one of the players called up to the Pakistan squad for the Champions Trophy to replace Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif who had both failed drug tests.In March 2007, he and Mohammad Sami were called up as replacements in Pakistan's squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup after Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were ruled out through injury.[3] Shoaib and Asif out- World Cup It had been reported (2 August 2008, Hindustan Times, Karachi) that he has signed with the Kolkata Knight Riders to play in the second season of the Indian Premier League 20/20 tournament in 2009 although as Pakistanis were not allowed to play in the tournament, no deal was reached.

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