Arafat is scheduled to catch flight to India on Thursday night and will be available for selection to play second Test against India at Kolkata on friday, said Pakistani selector Saleem Jaffer.
Arafat, 25, last played for Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in September.
Saleem said Yasir was selected to give depth in Pakiatan team's batting.
Pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami did not bowl at the nets on Thursday for the second consecutive day because of chest infections and captain Shoaib Malik is also doubtful due to an ankle injury.
Opening batsman Salman Butt has influenza and batsman Misbah-ul-Haq is recovering from a viral infection.