Big Bash League 2013-14 December 24, 2013

Perth Scorchers sign on Yasir Arafat

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2013, 12:05 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I think its quality twenty signing

  • Bond 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.

  • Ata on December 24, 2013, 17:32 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 9:35 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Will IPL sign him up as an International Player?

  • Rohanj 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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