Yasir Arafat joined Surrey coaching staff as bowling consultant – South London News

Surrey have signed Yasir Arafat to join the coaching staff as a bowling consultant for the duration of the Royal London One Day Cup.

Arafat will support interim head coach Gareth Batty while Azhar Mahmood works with the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred.

Arafat took more than 1,400 wickets and scored more than 11,000 runs in all formats of the game. He spent a season at Surrey in 2011 where he took 49 wickets and scored 411 runs across all formats.

The former Pakistani all-rounder has spent time coaching around the world, including working for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash.

Arafat said: “I’m looking forward to being part of one of the very best counties in England. Surrey CCC and the Royal London 50 over competition has always been very close to my heart. I hope to be a positive influence within the group.”

Alec Stewart, director of cricket at Surrey CCC, said: “With Azhar Mahmood coaching at the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred it was important to bring someone in during our Royal London One Day Cup who has very good white ball experience and knowledge to assist our squad and especially the bowlers. Yasir knows the club well and will fit into this role perfectly.”

Surrey’s Royal London One Day Cup campaign starts on August 2 against Leicestershire at Guildford.


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