The awards ceremony of the 42nd Observer-SLT-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year contest took place at the BMICH recently. The Youth Observer met Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College, Galle who was picked as the Observer-SLT-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year, to discuss how he achieved it.
Young Kaveesha Dilhari coming from Rathgama, has proven not only to Sri Lanka but also to the rest of the world, just how much potential she possesses, through her impressive career as a cricketer. From becoming the youngest girl to play on the Sri Lankan national women’s cricket team to recently earning the title of ‘Best female school cricketer’ At the ‘42nd annual ‘Observer SLT-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year’competition, this young and shining star has worked hard and created a path for herself that will undoubtedly lead to many more impressive accomplishments, accolades and titles that will make herself, her family and her country proud.
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The Observer - SLT - Mobitel School Cricketer Award Ceremony held at BMICH last Tuesday will be Telecast on ITN at 10.15 pm Tonight
The 42nd annual Observer SLT-Mobitel Schools Cricket Awards Ceremony concluded last night at BMICH. Kaveesha Dilhari of Devapathiraja College, Rathgama and Navod Paranawithana of Mahinda College, Galle were adjudged the Best School Cricketers. They received the awards from Chief Guest former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Sanath Jayasuriya. Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, ANCL Chairman W. Dayaratne, PC, SLT-Mobitel Chairman Rohan Fernando and Sunday Observer Editor-in-Chief Dinesh Weerawansa and other invitees are looking on. Pictures by Rukmal Gamage
The stage is set for the 42nd Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketers of the Year 2020 at the BMICH on Tuesday, starting at 5.30 p.m. Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, fresh after his last month’s performance for Sri Lanka at the Legends World Cup final where he top scored for his team, will be the chief guest. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella will be the guest of honour.
The Mother of all Cricket Shows – the 42nd Observer Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year 2020, which every award winner, their proud parents and fanatic supporters are eagerly awaiting, will finally be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo on Tuesday, starting at 5.30 p.m. Gracing school cricketers’ big day this year will be former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, fresh after his last month’s performance for Sri Lanka at the Legends World Cup final where he top scored for his team.
For years they were unheard of or played second fiddle to the boys feeding on the crumbs that fall off the table. Not many in Sri Lanka knew they even existed outside the scope of their brothers and parents from whom they were able to pick up a hint or two. Legend or history has it that it was a girl who even created the art of bowling in cricket when she realized her frock or gown was too cumbersome to send the ball down underarm that she turned her arm overhead thus inventing today’s bowling technique or style or whatever the pundits choose to call it.
There is no doubt that the Observer-Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year’ show conducted annually by the flagship English newspaper of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd is the most eagerly looked forward to award show awaited by the thousands of school cricketers annually. Once the inter-school cricket season starts, it is the thing for the cricketers to give of their best in every department of the game, garner votes and catch the attention of the panel elected to choose winners of the many awards by performing in all aspects.
The glittering array of eye catching trophies on display that the winners of the Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year Mega Show will be yearning and waiting impatiently to carry away for all the sweat and toil they shed to win awards during the inter-school cricket season will be the main focus come April 20. The trophies will remain with the winners for prosperity. It is not all cricketers who have the good fortune to win these rare awards. So the joy and happiness that the winners will enjoy grabbing these trophies and kissing them with smiles written on their faces will know no bounds.
Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, who once again came to the limelight by becoming the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in the Legends World Cup final recently, will be the chief guest at the 42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show at the BMICH, Colombo 7 on April 20 commencing at 5.30 p.m.