Big Bash League 2013-14

Perth Scorchers sign on Yasir Arafat

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 24, 2013

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Yasir Arafat became the leading wicket-taker in English Twenty20, Lancashire v Durham, FLt20, North Group, Old Trafford, June 25, 2012
Yasir Arafat (left) is travelling Twenty20 specialist © Getty Images

Yasir Arafat, the Pakistan allrounder, has been brought in by the Perth Scorchers as a replacement for West Indies' Dwayne Smith. Smith, who had not flown to Australia ahead of the Scorchers' opening game on Sunday, is expected to miss the entire Big Bash League due to personal reasons.

Arafat has not played for Pakistan in over a year - he last played in the World Twenty20 in September 2012 - but is something of a travelling Twenty20 specialist. He has played domestic leagues in England, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Scotland, apart from turning out for Khan Research Laboratories in Pakistan. He has played 165 T20s in all, scoring 1025 runs at a strike rate of 119 and 207 wickets with a best of 4 for 5.

Should Smith become available to play during the course of the tournament, the Scorchers can apply to the BBL technical committee to have him reinstated in the squad. Their other overseas signing in an 18-man squad is South African pacer Alfonso Thomas.

The Scorchers began their campaign with a three-wicket loss to the Brisbane Heat in an away game. Next up for them is a home game against the Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day.

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Posted by   on (December 26, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

wow what an entry he is !, He did it for Perth in his 1st match

Posted by   on (December 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I think its quality twenty signing

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (December 26, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Some players just dont succeed at international level Yasir Arafat is one those unlucky players.No doubt he has done well for franchises and domestic teams for diff countries but not at international level.

Posted by bouncer709 on (December 24, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

He is better than Bilawal Bhatti, Yasir Arafat never given fair chance in Pakistan team.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

leading wicket taker in english domestic t20. perth sure have covered their tracks

Posted by   on (December 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Will IPL sign him up as an International Player?

Posted by RJHB on (December 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

I'm sure he'll bring peace to the Middle East, I mean scorchers!

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