Yasir Arafat is the only cricketer from Pakistan in the Champions League and the 27-year-old all-rounder in the Sussex Sharks squad feels that it is an unfortunate distinction. Its sad that no other player from my country is playing in the tournament, Arafat told reporters here on Tuesday. But as far as I am concerned,I am honoured to play in the Champions League. Its a huge tournament and I would like to give my best, he said.
Nine years since his international debut,Arafat believes that the selectors did not show enough patience while dealing with him.
Presently,there is a lot of competition in the Pakistan team. A lot of good all-rounders have come up recently. Two years back I had a great Test debut against India,picking up seven wickets and scoring 44 runs in the match.
He,however,has done well for Sussex since making his debut for the county in 2006. In his first three games for Sussex,he took 17 wickets with two five-wicket hauls and scored a couple of fifties. Sussex was a great opportunity in my career. There are lot of all-rounders in the Sussex team,so they mainly use me as a bowler. I bowl with both the new and old ball,which has taught a lot, Arafat said.
Ironically,Arafat was unable to cash in on the local knowledge,when he was in the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup in England. I was in the Twenty20 World Cup squad but unfortunately,I got injured and was ruled out. Its not that I didnt get my chances. They didnt have any consistency though. Only the selectors know why, Arafat said. Arafat though,will be looking to make this tournament count.