Suraj Randiv: Former Sri Lanka all-rounder, now works as a bus driver in Melbourne

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Former Sri Lanka right-arm off-spinner Suraj Randiv, who was featured in his country’s ICC 2011 World Cup squad, is currently in Australia and he has been working as a bus driver to earn money for a living.

Along with him, two other international players are also working in the same profession in Melbourne, Australia as well. The other two players are – Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Zimbabwe player Waddington Mwayenga have also been working the same jobs since their migration.

Notably, the trio works for Transdev – a French-based company.  Although they play for local cricket clubs, they had to choose a different career for their survival in Australia as well.

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As far as Suraj Randiv’s career is concerned, he had played for Sri Lanka in 12 Test matches where he picked up 43 wickets. The veteran spinner had also featured in 31 ODIs and seven T20 International matches (T20Is) as well, where he claimed 36 and 7 wickets, respectively before moving to Australia. He even played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he was seen donning the yellow jersey for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as well.

However, Suraj Randiv plays at the district level and has also represented Dandenong Cricket Club in Australia. Notably, the domestic club is affiliated with Victoria Premier Cricket and also features in the Cricket Australia State Competitions too. It is also noteworthy that, great players like Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, and Sarah Elliot are the few renowned players who have played for the club earlier as well.

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While speaking to 9 News, Randiv revealed that he recently helped the Australian team to prepare for the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India, which the visitors won 2-1. “I was asked by CA to come and bowl against their bowlers and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity,” he shared.

On the other hand, Chinthaka Namaste has played for Sri Lanka in just five T20Is and scored only 49 runs and Waddington Mwayenga, since making his debut in ODI against Pakistan way back in 2002, has featured in three ODIs between 2004 and 2005. He also played one Test match against India in 2005 as well.

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