STAR Mount Beauty all-rounder Ashan Ranaweera is applying for Australian citizenship.
After spending seven seasons with the Cricket Albury-Wodonga club, Ranaweera hopes to relocate his wife and two children from Sri Lanka next year.
Ranaweera first played for Melbourne club Doutta Stars in 1999 and followed good friend Darren Cootee to the North East several years later.
“It’s a good place to live,” Ranaweera, 39, said yesterday.
“My family and I like it here.
“I’m not sure how long it all takes to go through but hopefully it works out.”
The former Sri Lankan division one cricketer has been a huge success story for Mount Beauty with the CAW representative starting this season in another blaze of glory by hitting 125 and taking four wickets in the opening round against Yackandandah.
Ranaweera was rewarded for an outstanding year last season by being named CAW’s representative player of the year.
He took 20 wickets at 12.75 in three competitions — SCG Country Cup, Konica-Minolta Cup and Melbourne Country Week — on top of scoring 44 runs.
He took over as coach at Mount Beauty this season.
Ranaweera said the Power was eager to bounce back against Howlong at Howlong on Saturday after suffering a loss to the Roos last weekend.
“It was disappointing; we didn’t field too well,” he said.
“Hopefully we can play better this week.”
In this weekend’s other matches, Yackandandah and Dederang lock horns at Yackandandah, Wodonga takes on Baranduda, Eskdale battles with Bethanga and Kiewa meets Barnawartha-Chiltern.