County news March 14, 2008

Arafat returns to Kent

Cricinfo staff

Yasir Arafat: Headed for Kent again © AFP
Kent have signed Yasir Arafat as their overseas player for the 2008 season. Arafat has received clearance from the Pakistan board, and is expected to be available for the entire season unless on international duty.

"We are delighted that Yasir is coming back to play for us again," Graham Ford, Kent's director of cricket, said. "He made an immense contribution to the playing squad last year and I know he is keen to repeat his performance for the club again this year."

Arafat was one of Kent's overseas players along with Andrew Hall last season, but the rules this season allow for only one overseas signing. Arafat was Kent's second highest wicket-taker during their successful campaign in the Twenty20 Cup, and also played for Pakistan during the ICC World Twenty20. He subsequently made his Test debut against India in Bangalore, and picked up a five-for on debut.