Atapattu laments and questions school coaching

Flashback: Niroshan Dickwella of Trinity College (Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2012) receives his award from Chief Guest Marvan Atapattu. Also in the picture are Dinesh Weerawansa (Editor in Chief Sunday Observer), ANCL Chairman Bandula Padmakumara, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and SLT, Mobitel CEO Lalith de Silva

The inter-school Under-19 First X1 cricket season is reaching an interesting stage with the big matches about to start. Although the big match season is customarily held in March every year, the age old customs went for a six with the Covid-19 pandemic. Soon after the Battle of the Blues big match between Royal and S. Thomas’ in mid-March in 2020, not only all sports but all day to day activities of the entire world were curtailed. Most big matches last year were not played though a few matches including the Battle of the Blues were played but several months behind the schedule. Hence, the more than a century old custom of having March as the big match month took a back seat.

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Sunday Observer: 08.05.2022