RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has a long history of destroying careers of a number of talented players, who created a number of records while playing abroad in different leagues, but remained highly unlucky when it comes to representing Pakistan.

Yasir Arafat Satti is one such name, who has played in almost all the major leagues and created records one after another and he is second to only Malinga in T20 highest wicket-takers. Yasir is one of the most successful cricketers in county cricket and one of the few foreign players, who is playing county cricket in England for last 10 years in running.

Yasir has just signed three-year contract with Hampshire, which will end in 2017. He is a bowler, who had taken nine wickets in three Tests, four in 11 ODIs and 16 wickets in 13 Twenrty20 internationals, but his first class and list A record is outstanding and speaks volumes about his outstanding and unmatched abilities. But he is highly unlucky to be born in Pakistan, where genuine talent never gets enough opportunities to showcase their skills and never provided with enough chances to repeat their unmatched performances for national team.

Talking to The Nation, Yasir said: “I don’t know why few certain circles had put a tag on me that I don’t live in Pakistan and don’t play in domestic circuit. For their kind information, I want to keep the record straight, as I am the only player who is playing Pakistan domestic cricket for last 18 to 19 years. I kept on playing for KRL and now I am playing for my region Rawalpindi and also given the additional responsibility of leading my region, which is a great honor for me. I always love to play for Pakistan, as it is my passion, if not given opportunities to represent the country, then I was left with no other option but to apply my trade at different international leagues where I remained successful.”

“I had not missed a single domestic season for such a long career. It is harsh and completely unjustified to blame me for not living in Pakistan. As soon as the county season is off, I rush to join Rawalpindi Region to play domestic cricket. It is indeed a great honor not only for me but for the entire country that top leagues of the world feel it an honor of hiring my services.

“I started first class cricket way back in 1997. I made my ODI debut along with great Younus Khan in 2000 in Karachi against Sri Lanka. I got chance to represent my country in only two ODIs in two years and then I had to wait for another five years before getting chance to play in the third ODI in 2005. I made Test debut in Bangalore in 2007 and took seven wickets in my first Test and also scored 44. I was given only three Tests. I had last played in ODI in 2009 when unfortunately, Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore and my last T20 for the country was in 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka,” he added.

“I don’t understand at a time when Pakistan team needs a complete all-rounder, who may turn tables on opposition then why the selectors are ignoring me. I can not only bowl as a strike bowler, but also bat well at crucial time. Pakistan team is in dire need of a bowler, who could bowl in depth.

“My services are always available for country, whenever the selectors want me, I will not hesitate and reply positively. I am still 33 and there is a lot of cricket left in me. If given chance, I will not disappoint the nation and help my team register crucial wins,” Yasir concluded.