Yasir Arafat set for dual role in Pakistan coaching staff

His name has been suggested by Mickey Arthur

February 02, 2023
As a player, Arafat took over 1,400 wickets and scored more than 11,000 runs in all forms of cricket — AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to appoint former cricketer Yasir Arafat as the bowling and assistant coach of the national men’s team.

According to sources, in the absence of Mickey Arthur, who is likely to be appointed the team’s director, Arafat will serve as the head of the coaching staff.

It must be noted that Arthur won’t be with the Pakistan team on every tour since he will continue working full-time with English county side Derbyshire as well.

Arthur was in charge of the Pakistan team for three years in the past as well having taken up the mantle in 2016.

However, the PCB had decided to not renew the contracts of Arthur and his support staff, following the team's fifth-place finish at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

Najam Sethi, the chairman of the PCB Management Committee, believes that Arthur is capable enough to manage the Pakistan team with a coaching staff of his choice.

After getting the approval to pick his coaching staff, Arthur suggested the name of Arafat to act as his assistant.

It must be noted that Arafat recently received his degree of level four specialist coach from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Arafat played three Tests, 11 ODIs and 13 T20Is for Pakistan over the course of his brief career.

The 40-year-old made his international debut during a Test match against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2000.

As a player, Arafat took over 1,400 wickets and scored more than 11,000 runs in all forms of cricket.

He has spent time coaching around the world including working for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and Surrey in County Cricket.