Sussex have confirmed that Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat will remain with the club as their overseas player for the 2010 season.
Arafat, who played a key role in the side's NatWest Pro40 and Twenty20 Cup victories, taking 39 wickets in limited overs cricket in the 2009 season, when he shared overseas duties with Indian Piyush Chawla.
"I’m delighted to be coming back to Sussex for the 2010 season," Arafat said. "When I played my first year at the club in 2006, I was determined to return in the future. I did that last season and enjoyed every minute of it. Although we did not do so well in the Championship, our one-day form was tremendous and it was a joy to be part of that. I look forward to 2010 and returning to a great bunch of players, coaching staff and supporters with a view to improving on 2009.”
Mike Yardy, Sussex CCC Captain, added: “Yasir played an integral part in our successes last season and it is great for us to secure him for 2010. He is a huge team man, who has a great influence in the dressing room.”
With Pakistan touring the country next year to play England and Australia, Arafat will be ideally placed to add to his current tally of three Tests, 11 One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals.
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