After just one first-class season, spent with Sebastianites Sports Club, he impressed the selectors after having made three centuries, and was an ideal player to be picked for the 2003 Cricket World Cup. He made his one-day debut against Bangladesh, where his bowling was impressive. He was gentle in pace, but showed variation in line, length and style.
After losing his place in the Sri Lankan team he went to English semi-pro team Plymouth where he made them contenders in the local 50 over league until he had a surprise call up for the Sri Lankan 20/20 team and became one of their crucial reserves. Plymouth later were promoted to the top league in the westcountry after 3 of their 4 teams were promoted in the 2007 season (the other came mid-table of the top 2nd 11 squad league in the south west where there was no promotion). He was the professional at whitehaven cricket club in 2006 and he topped the leagues bowling averages.