Yasir Arafat will be remembered in Pakistan cricketing echelons as an unfulfilled potential. Despite healthy domestic credentials, the pace-bowling all-rounder was never able to get a consistent run in the national side as he was kept on the fringes of the Pakistan squad.
Although the 37-year-old could garner only 27 international appearances across formats, he fared far more successfully in the English domestic T20 cricket setup. Here, Arafat came into his own as he established a reputation of being the most skilled limited overs bowler in the County circuit.
Arafat’s astonishing record in T20 cricket in England speaks volumes of his caliber, as he is still to date the most prolific wicket-taker, boasting 156 scalps from 118 games at an average of 21.09. A stupendous achievement for someone who could not get an extended stint internationally, Arafat’s County heroics are there for everyone to appreciate.