Congratulations to one of our coaches, Yasir Arafat, on being appointed as Surrey CCC bowling coach for the Royal London One Day Cup

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 whilst Azhar Mahmood works with the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred.

As a player, Arafat took over 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.

Yasir 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. I am grateful for this opportunity at Surrey CCC, the Royal London One Day Cup is a tournament I hold close to my heart having played in it for many years and having won it twice, one of them playing for Surrey. This appointment will be beneficial to the College as well as I am gaining more and more experience and knowledge on how to teach and develop young players, which is making me very eager to get started next academic year!”

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 campaign 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 2 August against Leicestershire at Guildford.

Director of Sport, Marc Edwards comments:

I am extremely pleased for Yasir being appointed as Surrey CCC bowling coach for the Royal London One Day Cup, he has been aspiring to get involved in more professional coaching at the top level and this is a fantastic opportunity for him. His international playing experience is truly exceptional and it is great to see this now translating into his coaching career. We are very fortunate at Eltham College to benefit from such a world class cricket coach for both our girls and boys cricket program. Good luck Yasir!

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