Spending time learning the ropes on Colac district farms is a far cry from Jaga Poorna’s life as a promising first-class cricketer in Sri Lanka.
The 24-year-old made the decision to call Australia home during his off-season, landing at Colac district club City United alongside fellow countryman Achira Eranga for the 2019-20 campaign.
Achira, who is 32 and has enjoyed a successful career in top-flight Sri Lankan cricket, has made multiple trips abroad for the Australian summer, having spent the past two seasons with Seabrook in Melbourne.
But Jaga is enjoying his first time Down Under, and it has been a rewarding experience on and off the field for the energetic all-rounder.
Both he and Achira have played important roles leading City to the top of the ladder in Division One cricket and to a semi-final in this Sunday’s Twenty20 Sungold Cup at Warrnambool.
Achira sits fifth on the table for the most runs scored in the league this season, while Jaga is just two wickets behind Ezrah Robertson on the leading wickets tally.
They have also used their spare time to gain some experiences off the cricket field, with Jaga and Achira spending time as wool handlers and collecting duck eggs, while also becoming handy green thumbs.
“We are getting some experience in this country and playing some good cricket while making friends,” Jaga said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.