Arafat Bhuiyan signs pro terms for 2023 season

Wednesday 17th May 2023

Men’s First Team

Arafat Bhuiyan signs pro terms for 2023 season

Kent Cricket is delighted to announce the signing of right-arm fast-medium bowler Arafat Bhuiyan for the remainder of the 2023 season.

Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener for 2023 is now NEXT WEEK, against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury. Entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

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Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but with UK residency, Arafat has taken 17 wickets for Kent Second XI, with best figures of 4-81 against Hampshire in the Second XI Championship last week. He currently plays his club cricket in the Kent Premier League for Blackheath & took 4-26 last time out at the weekend against St Lawrence & Highland Court.

He has also featured for Surrey, Essex & Derbyshire’s Second XIs in the past six years, as well as playing stints for the MCC’s Young Cricketers side in 2019, & the South Asian Cricket Academy (SACA) this year. He moved to Birmingham this Winter be part of SACA’s winter training programme.

The 26-year-old will wear number 26 for Kent & goes into the Spitfires’ squad to face Surrey in the LV= Insurance County Championship, beginning tomorrow at the Kia Oval.

On signing for Kent for the rest of the season, Arafat said: “I’m over the moon to have signed for Kent. It’s a dream come true to become a professional cricketer and I feel all my hard work has paid off.

“I’m grateful to Kent, especially Second XI Coach Mark Dekker, for the faith they have showed in me, and hope I can perform well if given the opportunity.

“I would also like to thank Dr. Tom Brown from SACA for giving me the opportunity to train and for accommodating me during the Winter in Birmingham. I can’t speak highly enough about the amount of work he is putting into this programme.”

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said: “Arafat comes highly recommended from our pathway coaches and has impressed with his pace and control with the ball for us this year.

“He brings much-needed depth to our bowling attack as we head into a busy period of the season.”

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Members do not need to pre-book their space at T20 matches as per last season – entry will be gained by scanning a valid 2023 Kent Cricket Membership card at the gate.

Should seated areas such as the Frank Woolley Stand also sell-out, an allocation is set aside for Members & Six Pack Plus Ticket Holders.