Yasir Arafat (cricketer)

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This article is about the Pakistani cricketer. For the Palestinian leader, see Yasser Arafat.
Yasir Arafat
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Personal information
Full name Yasir Arafat Satti
Born (1982-03-12) 12 March 1982 (age 32)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Yas
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 189) 8-12 December 2007 v India
Last Test 1-5 March 2009 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 130) 13 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 3 May 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 27
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–present Rawalpindi
1999–2000 Pakistan Reserves
2000–2007 Khan Research Laboratories
2005–2006 National Bank of Pakistan
2006, 2009, 2010 Sussex
2007–2008 Kent
2009-2010 Otago
2011 Surrey
2012 Barisal Burners
2012 Lancashire
2013 Somerset
2013/2014 Perth Scorchers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 3 11 197 237
Runs scored 94 74 6,664 2,596
Batting average 47.00 14.80 27.26 21.10
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 5/35 1/8
Top score 50* 27 170 110*
Balls bowled 627 414 32,379 11,212
Wickets 9 4 767 376
Bowling average 48.66 93.25 24.18 24.70
5 wickets in innings 1 0 43 7
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 5 n/a
Best bowling 5/161 1/28 9/35 6/24
Catches/stumpings 0/– 2/– 53/– 50/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 December 2013

Yasir Arafat Satti (born 12 March 1982) is a Pakistani cricketer. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast.

International career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

On 8 December 2007, Arafat made his Test match debut for Pakistan against India in Bangalore in the third and final Test of the series. He displayed his all-round abilities by taking 7 wickets in the match including a 5-wicket haul, and scoring 44 in the first innings.[3]

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.

Domestic career[edit]

In English domestic cricket, 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.

The Kent fans seem to have immediately taken to Arafat. At their recent Friends Provident Trophy game against Surrey at The Brit Oval they often chanted of 'There's only one Yasir Arafat', later on, as a pun, 'There's only two Yasir Arafat's'. Others included 'We've nicked your tea towel', also in jest.

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.[4]

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,[5] signing to return again for another season in 2010.[6] In 2011 he signed for Surrey CCC. He joined Lancashire as an overseas player for the 2012 Friends Life t20.[7]

Arafat was signed to play in Big Bash League franchise Perth Scorchers in December 2013.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asif and Akhtar to return home". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shoaib and Asif out of the World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "3rd Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, 8–12 December 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Yasir Arafat equals world record". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paceman Arafat returns to Sussex". BBC Sport. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Yasir Arafat To Remain With Sussex in 2010". Cricket World. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Lancashire sign all-rounder Yasir Arafat for T20 competition". BBC Sport. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Perth Scorchers sign on Yasir Arafat". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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