Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan paid a hefty sum to buy the IPL workforce Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008. The workforce is among the many hottest IPL groups and has an enormous fan base throughout the nation. It’s the third most profitable workforce within the IPL with two trophies.
Under the management of their former captain Gautam Gambhir, KKR managed to win their maiden title in 2012 and the second in 2014. They have been even near successful the title in 2021 however misplaced to Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But did you SRK as soon as attempt to convey former Pakistani cricketer Yasir Arafat? Scroll right down to know extra.
Back in 2008, Shah Rukh Khan’s co-owned Kolkata Knight Riders had among the huge names in world cricket throughout the inaugural version of the Indian Premier League. It was the primary and solely season when Pakistani cricketers have been allowed to play. Shoaib Akhtar, former opener Salman Butt and Umar Gul represented KKR for the 2008 season.
Pakistani cricketer Yasir Arafat on Cricket Den’s YouTube channel revealed that he was approached by SRK‘s KKR workforce for the 2008 season. He mentioned, “Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had shortlisted names for the first edition and unfortunately, I was not among them and couldn’t play. I was playing County Cricket for Kent in 2008 where KKR’s Scouting Team specially came from India and they met me during a match. They revealed that Shah Rukh Khan wants me to play for his side.”
Arafat additional mentioned, “Initially, I thought it was a joke as to why Shah Rukh would send somebody to talk regarding the contract. They also handed me a card and took my contact details. 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.”
“Then Mumbai blasts happened and Pakistan players were unable to become part of the competition ever again,” Yasir Arafat rued.
Arafat had an enormous fan base within the English county throughout his enjoying profession. He made his Test debut towards India on the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2007. The Pakistani skipper performed for Sussex, Kent and Lancashire within the English county. His final worldwide outing towards India on the R.Premadasa Stadium was in 2012.
It can be price stating that former Pakistani cricketer had performed 11 One Day Internationals (ODIs), 3 Tests and 13 T20Is between 2007 to 2012.