Friday 17 January 2014 

Yasir Arafat To Return To Sussex

Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat in action for Sussex
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Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat is set to return to Sussex as their overseas player for this season's NatWest Blast T20 tournament.

Arafat has enjoyed a successful alliance with the Hove-based club during spells in 2006, 2009 and 2010, helping them win the trophy in 2009.

He has played for five counties and is the all-time leading Twenty20 wicket-taker in English domestic county cricket.

He has represented Pakistan in Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International cricket and is currently playing for the Perth Scorchers in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash in Australia.

In 171 Twenty20 games, he has taken 219 wickets, and he will be available to Sussex for the entire group campaign, which this year runs from mid-May to June.

"I am very happy to be signing for Sussex again as I know everyone so well," Arafat, who now lives in Kent, said.

"Last year was a very good year for me and I am very grateful to Somerset for the honour of playing for them, but the opportunity to re-join my old team-mates at Sussex is something I am really looking forward to."

Sussex captain Ed Joyce added: "Yasir is a proven performer in the shorter form of the game and was a huge part in us winning the Twenty20 in 2009 and qualifying for the Champions League that year.

"He's probably best known for his bowling at the death in pressure situations and he will hopefully plug a gap for us in that department. He's also a hugely likable guy and the fact that he's also based in Kent now is another plus."

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“This all adds up to him being a great signing for us and we're all looking forward to welcoming him back into the squad”.