Former Sri Lanka cricketer Suraj Randiv has turned into a bus driver to make a living. Randiv represented Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup where they ended up at runner-ups. The offspinner was spotted in Australia working as a bus driver. Randiv isn’t the only international cricketer in the gig. Sri Lanka’s Chinthaka Namaste and Zimbabwe’s Waddington Mwayenga have also been doing the job in Melbourne upon their migration.
Randiv has played 12 Test matches for Sri Lanka while picking 43 wickets. Having played 31 ODIs and 7 T20Is he picked 6 and 7 wickets respectively between 2009 and 2016. All three former cricketers were recruited to Transdev, which employs 1200 drivers from diverse professions. The former internationals have been forced to pick up the job to make their ends meet following the pandemic.
Suraj Randiv’s life Down Under
Randiv currently plays at the district level and represents Dandenong Cricket Club, which is affiliated with Victoria Premier Cricket. He also takes part in Cricket Australia State Competitions. Some notable names to play for the club includes James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Sarah Elliot.
Randiv revealed that he was asked by Cricket Australia to help the hosts prepare for the Border-Gavaskar series. The Aussies trained against Randiv in abid to counter Ravichandran Ashwin. India ended up winning the series 2-1.
“I was asked by CA to come and bowl against their bowlers and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity,” Randiv told 9 News.