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International cricketer and Chislehurst resident Yasir Arafat to lead Eltham College cricket programme

PUBLISHED: 14:35 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 02 May 2017

Yasir Arafat with some young cricketers at the college

Yasir Arafat with some young cricketers at the college

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He will join Olympians Callum Giles, and Emily Evans, plus Cambridge Rugby Blue, Sam Howard, on the school’s sports coaching team

Pakistani international cricketer Yasir Arafat will join independent school Eltham College as the resident cricket professional from the end of April.

Mr Arafat, who lives in Chislehurst, will work with young cricketers at the school, which is situated amongst 70 acres of playing fields in Mottingham, and has already begun his role ahead of schedule by taking off season indoor cricket nets sessions with students.

Eltham College, which is £5,415 per term to attend, is for boys aged seven to 18, with a mixed-sex sixth form accepting girls aged 16 to 18 as well.

An international standard player, Mr Arafat has played both Test and Limited Over cricket for Pakistan as well as two seasons representing Scotland.

He has taken over 750 first class wickets and scored over 7000 first class runs, he has also played for seven English counties and is the highest wicket taker in English T20 cricket.

On the appointment, headmaster Guy Sanderson, said: “We are delighted that we can bring someone of Yasir’s calibre to the sports coaching team. His expertise and knowledge of the game will be a real asset to not only our elite cricketers but all students across the college”

Mr Arafat said: “I have been fortunate to have a long career playing a game I love and I am delighted that the next stage of it will be coaching and inspiring the next generation of cricketers”.

The appointment of Yasir adds to the school’s sporting coaches with regional and national honours including Callum Giles (twice GB Hockey Olympian), Sam Howard (Junior International, Cambridge Rugby Blue and Barbarian) and Emily Evans (GB Olympian Downhill Skier)

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