None thought or expected some three decades ago that a schoolboy cricketer excelling at that time would eventually end up as the world’s highest wicket taker in Test cricket. He was none other than the off-spinning and Doosra-bowling spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran.
The 40th Observer School Cricketers of the Year show held two years ago was certainly a big occasion for Trinity College, Kandy – not because it produced a champion cricketer but also the personality who gave away the top award to the winner was also a world-renowned figure who had his primary education at the hill capital school.
The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show will be held uninterrupted for the 42nd year maintaining its undisputed record of being the Mother of All cricket Shows. Of the 41 awards ceremonies held to date since its inaugural Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show in 1978-79, Thurstan College could not produce a single champion, except for once in 2008.
This year’s Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year will be held no sooner the health authorities give the green light for the awards ceremony of this magnitude to be held. The second stage of schools re-opened last week after about four months due to the Covid-19 epidemic. With the lower grades of the schools also due to start next week, the interest in the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest will gradually mount.
The 42nd Obsever-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2020 will be energized with the schools re-opening after the long three-month break due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The Obsever-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year has always been the most prestigious event in Sri Lanka’s school cricket set-up and winning that main title has been the dream of every schoolboy cricketer from the good old days.
The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has always been the most prestigious and looked forward to event in Sri Lanka’s school cricket calendar and winning that main title has been the dream of every schoolboy cricketer since its inception. Most importantly, the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year began at a time when even the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association did not have a tournament for First X1 school cricket. Hence, when the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year began in 1978/1979, it was an unique experience for everybody.
Six former Sri Lanka cricket captains, who had showcased exemplary careers at school level and become Observer Schoolboy Cricketers during their time, have commended the great role played by the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest over the past four decades.
The re-opening of schools from early next month in four stages after three months of inactivity due to the Covid-19 epidemic was the most enjoyable news for school cricketers. With the national squad beginning their training last week and the schools to re-opening after about three months in stages, sports too especially cricket will commence gradually.
Dawn of June has brought fresh hope for everybody around the world, especially after over three months of agony due to the Covid-19 epidemic. It seems the deadly coronavirus is going to stay with us for some for time, at least till the world finds a vaccination to counter it. Hence, all human activities would gradually commence following health guidelines.
Sri Lanka is one of the least effected countries to gradually begin to get back to normal life after the Covid-19 epidemic. As Sri Lanka attempts to begin its normal life from last Tuesday, especially after a 66-day continuous curfew in the Colombo and Gampaha districts, other activities such as sports would also be activated in the weeks to come.