Stoneyford import Arslan Khan was in the midst of an Under-19 World Cup this time last year, captaining evolving cricket nation Canada.
On Sunday Khan will vie for the Sungold Cup in a regional Twenty20 competition in south-west Victoria, putting an exclamation point on the diehard cricketer’s commitment to developing his game.
Khan finished a breakthrough 2018 by arriving in Australia to spend a summer in the cricket-loving nation.
He has added star power to a Stoneyford powerhouse aiming to win a fourth Division One flag in five
seasons, topping the league’s wicket tally with his leg-breaks while sitting fourth on the list of run scorers after 13 rounds.
The Maroon Caps will aim to add a Sungold Cup to their growing trophy cabinet on Sunday.
Khan said it didn’t take him long to settle into Colac district cricket, speaking with Farhan Malik, who crossed from Canada to spend a season with Stoneyford alongside Farooq Qureshi last summer.
Toronto native Khan works full time at Camperdown and is sharing his journey with fellow countryman Yagnesh Patel, who is playing for Stoneyford in the lower-grade ranks.
“I’ve really enjoyed the challenge and the banter just as much,” Khan said.
“It’s not as different to what it is back home, because I always surround myself in cricket regardless of the weather, even if it’s -30 degrees I’ll find a way to play somehow.