VILIAME Yabaki may not have the looks of an excellent cricketer in making but he's proving it's not the looks that matters.
What really matters is the talent and hard work of 22-year-old lad from Moce in Lau group in achieving his dream of becoming a professional cricketer some day.
Yabaki's perseverance has opened him the door towards that goal after Melbourne-based cricket club, the Boroondara Cobras signed him on a six-month contract.
Boroondara Cobras participate in the Eastern Cricket League which is a high level competition in Australia.
According to a Cricket Fiji statement Yabaki is the first Fijian player who will be paid to play cricket overseas.
The total value of his six-month contract is $15,000.
The right-arm leg-spinner and right-hand batsman played at the Cobras in 2011 and impressed with his outing then, the club was keen to get him back for another season.
"It's a great achievement for me. It's very difficult playing at that level but I'm looking forward to the challenge," Yabaki said.
"I have learnt a lot during my stint with them in 2011 and I'm looking forward to learn more.
"For someone like me who has never played any other sport apart from cricket, this is a dream coming true."
Cricket Fiji's high performance manager Joe Rika said Yabaki, who had been a member of the Fiji side since 2009, deserved the contract.
"He's a good player and a good kid," Rika said.
"We really appreciate the effort put in by Boroondara. All of the work (to secure his visa) was done by them.
"This is what will be of the most benefit to us. We hope Yabaki has a good season, and can bring back with him what he learns in Australia to Cricket Fiji, to help us get back into (World Cricket League) Division 6 in 2014."
Yabaki will leave for Australia tomorrow.