Uncapped Sri Lankan Club Cricketer Earns Big Bash Contract to Join Melbourne RenegadesThe 31-year-old journeyman Sri Lankan has played in Australia for more than nine years but has been signed as an overseas player
Ruwantha Kellapotha joins the Melbourne Renegades for Big Bash League 2022. Leg spinning all-rounder of Casey-South Melbourne and uncapped Sri Lankan players has been picked by Melbourne Renegades for the forthcoming Big Bash League. A really proud moment for Sri Lanka cricket and Casey-South Melbourne as their star player managed to reach the next level.
Ruwantha Kellapotha's incredible rise from the Dandenong District Cricket Association, the league he played in for eight seasons before joining Casey-South Melbourne in Premier Cricket this summer, to a Big Bash deal has been capped.
The 31-year-old journeyman Sri Lankan has played in Australia for more than nine years but has been signed as an overseas player, having played 20 first-class games in his homeland. The veteran leg spinner has proved his strength many times with his resilient bowling. HE scalped 37 wickets at an average of 15.6 to fire Casey to a grand final appearance in March.
Cricket Victoria had previously made it clear that they were keeping a watch on him when they chose him to play at the MCG in a domestic second XI four-day match in November despite the fact that he had only been in one Premier League game up to that time.
The spinner, who was born in Kandy, later secured a position with the 'Gades after excelling in Darwin's Top End T20 series last month.
Kellapotha said: "My journey to here has been a bit different. I played first-class cricket back in Sri Lanka, came to Melbourne in 2013 to play local cricket and then last year went to Premier Cricket.
"I'd achieved what I wanted to achieve in local cricket, so I wanted to see what I could do in Premier Cricket. Now I want to see what I can do at the highest level.
"I really appreciate this opportunity the Renegades have given me to be involved this year. It is a huge privilege and something I do not take lightly.
"This is going to be a great experience for me, playing with and against some of the best players in the world. I want to be a team player and whatever my team needs, I'll give it 100 percent."
The Renegades were eligible to recruit Kellapotha as an overseas replacement player following the first BBL overseas player draught last month.
The No. 1 pick went to the Renegades, who have finished worst in the BBL standings for the previous three years, and he selected English power batter, Liam Livingstone.
They also selected the spinners Mujeeb ur Rahman and Akeal Hossain in the draft.
Mujeeb, Hosein, and Livingstone will all be leaving for competing T20 leagues in January, opening the door for Kellapotha to make his debut. Mujeeb and Hosein are going to the UAE, while Livingstone is going to South Africa. New names have been added to The Renegades' list of international players.