Taking an important step, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Yasir Arafat as bowling and assistant coach of the national team.
According to media reports, the move comes as the PCB is mulling a reshuffle of the coaching staff in the absence of Mickey Arthur, who will be named team director.
Arthur, who was previously Pakistan’s head coach for three years, will continue to work full-time with English county side Derbyshire. This means that Arthur will not be available for every tour.
However, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi is confident that the former coach is capable of handling the national team with his preferred coaching staff.
It is reported that after getting approval to select his coaching staff, Arthur proposed Yasser Arafat as his assistant and the PCB accepted his recommendation.
Arafat recently obtained a Level Four Specialist Coaching Degree from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which strengthens his credentials for the position.
As a player, the former right-arm pacer has represented Pakistan in three Tests, 11 ODIs and 13 T20Is, taking 29 wickets in 27 matches across all formats.
The former cricketer has also gained valuable experience coaching the Big Bash League in England’s domestic circuit and the Perth Scorchers in Surrey.