Yasir Arafat Satti was born in 1982 in Rawalpindi, in Punjab. He is a Pakistani cricketer and bats right hand with right arm fast medium bowling technique. He is nicknamed as ‘Yas’ by his teammates, with his role as an all-rounder. Some of the major teams include Pakistan, Kent, Otago, Rawalpindi, Sussex, Scotland, Khan Research Labs, Pakistan Reserves and many such teams.
Yasir had represented his country at under 15 levels, by making his ODI debut in 2000 for Pakistan at the age of 17 against the Sri Lankan team. He took his first wicket in this match successfully. The following year before he was dropped, he played just one match. However, he was given a second chance in the last ODI at the international cricket against England team in 2005. However, he was retained for the series against the Indian team in 2006 and left out of the ODI scene for the subsequent tour in England.
Amidst all this failures, he got a chance at the international cricket squad to prove his capacity. This was in 2006 ICC Champions Trophy match when he was one of the players selected to the Pakistan squad for the Champions Trophy. He was replaced in the place of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, both of whom failed drug tests.
In 2007, along with Mohammad Sami, he was called up as replacements in the Pakistan squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup after both Asif and Akhtar got ruled out through injury. By the end of the year, Arafat made his test match debut for the country and played against India in Bangladesh during the third and the final test series. With this debut, his talent got noticed with all round abilities of 7 wickets and 5-wicket haul to his credit. He even scored 44 in the first innings.
This all-rounder is useful as a lower order plunderer, averaging 27 at first class level though his bowling remains stronger. With right to the English domestic cricket scene, he had a good experience. He played league cricket for the English domestic cricket and was signed as an overseas player for Scotland as a replacement for Rahul Dravid and played in 2004-2005 season. He was recruited by Sussex in 2006 Championship season. In his first three games, he took 17 wickets with two 5 wicket hauls and scored a couple of half innings.