Yasir Arafat recalls when Shah Rukh Khan contacted and offered him to play for KKR

Yasir Arafat

Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat has recalled the time when Kolkata Knight Riders’ owner Shah Rukh Khan personally contacted him to offer him a three years contract to play for his team in the Indian Premier League.

Pakistani players were part of the inaugural IPL edition but due to the political tension between the two neighbour countries, they have not played in the tournament ever since.

In a conversation with a YouTube channel Cricket Den, Yasir Arafat talked about the time when he was approached by KKR. He said that he couldn’t be part of the first IPL edition as the PCB hadn’t named him among the shortlisted players for the event.

He revealed that he was playing County cricket for Kent in 2008 when the former IPL champions’ scouting team specially came from India to meet him. They conveyed King Khan’s desire of having him in his team.

The right arm bowler added that he thought of it as a joke as to why Shah Rukh would send somebody to talk regarding the contract.

“A few weeks later, I received an email where they complained about not contacting and the discussion was put off. They again offered me a three-year contract where Shah Rukh himself called and welcomed me. He also picked up my contract through someone in London while travelling to the United States of America,” Yasir said.

However, due to the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani players were ruled out of the tournament and Yasir Arafat including his fellow countrymen couldn’t be part of IPL.

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