Red Rose snap up Arafat
Lancashire have filled their overseas quota for this summer’s Friends Life t20 with the capture of experienced Pakistani seamer Yasir Arafat.
The 30-year-old, who has previously represented Kent, Sussex and Surrey in county cricket, will link up with countryman Junaid Khan at Old Trafford as the Red Rose look to improve on last year’s semi-final defeat to eventual winners Leicestershire.
Arafat, who is also capable of contributing quick runs with the bat, has seven Twenty20 caps for Pakistan, although he has not featured in international cricket for more than two years.
Lancashire head coach Peter Moores said: “Yasir has a wealth of experience of playing in this country.
"He is a very experienced one-day bowler and a big hitter of the ball down the order. He will bring additional quality to our squad.”
Mike Watkinson, the club’s cricket director, added: “The addition of Yasir to our squad emphasises our determination to progress in the Friends Life t20 tournament; we are delighted to have him on board.
“Our squad doesn’t have the depth that we have been accustomed to and Yasir brings experience and skill to fulfil this important role for us.”