Yasir Arafat, a Pakistani cricketer, was born on 12 March 1982 in Rawalpindi. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman.
He had represented his country at Under-15 level.
He was signed as an overseas player for Scotland as a replacement for Rahul Dravid In English domestic cricket and played for them in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
And for the 2006 season, he was signed as an overseas player for Sussex and helped the team win the double of the C&G Trophy and the County Championship as well as to put a serious challenge in the Pro40 League.
In 2007, he was signed up to play for Kent.
Arafat performed the something rare in cricket in 2004 as he set records by taking five wickets in six balls for Rawalpindi, against the national champions Faisalabad in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Arafat once more played for Sussex as their overseas player in 2009 signing a contract of returning again for another season in 2010 too. In 2011, he was there in Surrey County Cricket Club. Then in 2012, he was in 2012 Friends Life t20, Lancashire as an overseas player. In December 2013, Arafat was signed to play in Big Bash League franchise Perth Scorchers.
In 2000, he as a 17-year-old made his ODI debut for the match of Pakistan against Sri Lanka held in Karachi. He also took his first wicket in this match itself.
Arafat made his Test match debut for Pakistan on 8 December 2007 against India in Bangalore in the third and final Test of the series. He took 7 wickets in the match which included a 5-wicket haul and scored 44 in the first innings.
Rise to Glory
He got another chance in the last ODI against England in December 2005 after being removed very early in his career from international cricket and was again seen the series against India in February 2006. His last ODI was on 3 May 2009 played against Australia. He got chance to play in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. He was one of the two players who replaced Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif. He again replaced them when along with Mohammad Sami he got a chance in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.