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Sussex lure back Arafat

Pakistan paceman returning to Hove in 2010

Arafat: Sussex return

Pakistan seam bowler Yasir Arafat has agreed a deal to return to Sussex next season, the county have confirmed.

The 27-year-old first moved to the south coast in 2006 and played an integral part in Sussex's one-day successes last season.

His accurate bowling helped the Sharks to glory in both the Twenty20 Cup and NatWest Pro40 competitions.

Despite their limited-overs joy, Sussex were relegated from the first division of the LV County Championship and will look to make an immediate return to the top flight in 2010.

"I'm delighted to be coming back to Sussex for the 2010 season," Arafat said in a statement from the club.

"When I played my first year at the club in 2006, I was determined to return in the future. I did that last season and enjoyed every minute of it.

"Although we did not do so well in the Championship, our one-day form was tremendous and it was a joy to be part of that. I look forward to 2010 and returning to a great bunch of players, coaching staff and supporters with a view to improving on 2009."

Sussex skipper Mike Yardy said: "Yasir played an integral part in our successes last season and it is great for us to secure him for 2010. He is a huge team man, who has a great influence in the dressing room."