County news October 21, 2009

Yasir Arafat retained by Sussex

Cricinfo staff

Yasir Arafat has been retained by Sussex as their overseas player for the 2010 season.

Yasir played a big part in Sussex's one-day success during 2009, as the side won both the NatWest Pro40 and Twenty20 competitions. The club also finished runners-up in the Friends Provident Trophy.

His contribution was 24 wickets at 25.83 in List A matches and he also took 15 wickets at an average of 14.00 in Twenty20 matches, going at just 6.08 an over.

"I'm delighted to be coming back to Sussex for the 2010 season," said Yasir. "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's captain, said: "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."

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