Yasir Arafat Joins Sussex For 2009 Season

Sussex CCC is pleased to announce the signing of Pakistani fast bowler Yasir Arafat, 26, who will join the club for the 2009 domestic season. Yasir returns to Hove for his second season, having proved his worth during the remarkable double winning season of 2006, when he took 41 Championship wickets in eight games, while filling in for the injured Rana Naved. His straight, full and skiddy bowling provides him with the perfect make up to exploit English conditions. Yasir spent last season at Kent, where he took 38 first class wickets in 12 games at an average of 29.07. Yasir was Kent’s leading wicket taker in both One Day and Twenty20 cricket, taking 27 wickets at an average of 17.74 in One Day cricket and 23 wickets at an average of 14.82 in Twenty20 Cricket. Mark Robinson, Professional Cricket Manager, said: "Yasir’s signing is fantastic news and we are flattered that he is keen to return to Hove. It’s further evidence that people who play for the club fall in love with it. "He’s not only an outstanding new and old ball bowler, but a fantastic lower-middle order batsman, who should stand out in both our four and one day cricket." © Sussex CCC
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