When the Covid-19 epidemic hit the world and we in Sri Lanka too had it from mid-March, none thought that the 42nd Obsevrer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year would ever be a reality this year. There were enough and more reasons to think so as everything in our day to day lives came to a complete standstill as the deadly coronavirus spread worldwide, bringing almost all human activities to a complete standstill.
The long-awaited 42nd Observer -Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year contests have been fixed to be held in mid-November, no sooner the GCE Advanced Level examination is over. The Mega Show has been planned to be held at the BMICH. Schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers who will carry away the top awards were picked last Friday by officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Cricket Umpires Association at a meeting at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo.
The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer 2020 selections were finalised on Friday with the Panel of Judges headed by Ashantha de Mel former Sri Lanka cricketer and National Selection Committee Chairman. The Panel consisted of representatives from the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and Sri Lanka Umpires Association which went through a strenuous task in selecting the nominees for various categories based on performances in three Divisions during the past season.
Friday (18) will be a red letter day for schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers as the officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Cricket Umpires Association will meet at Galadari Hotel, Colombo to pick the final winners of the 42nd Observer -Mobitel Schools Cricket show.
The organizers of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year have finalized the grand selection panel meeting for 2020 to be held within the next fortnight in Colombo. It will be held under the patronage of the top officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and the Umpires Association. The SLSCA delegation will be led by its energetic President Thilak Waththuhewa, Principal of Nalanda.
Yet another former Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year created history in Sri Lanka’s domestic Premier league as the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year is set to unveil next month. Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, who emerged the Obsever-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2009, was at his best last Wednesday, cracking an unbeaten 354 for Army Sports Club in their Premier League Tier ‘A’ match against Saracens SC at Katunayake.
The heat is on for the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year as the Mega Show’s selection meeting is expected to be held by the end of next month. The Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA), the Umpires Association, along with the organizers, the Sunday Observer and the sponsors Sri Lanka Mobitel will meet next month to decide the winner of the grand prize winners and the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year award winners.
The good news for schoolboy cricketers and cricket fans is that the eagerly awaited selections of the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year has been pencilled to be held before mid next month. The organisors, the Sunday Observer and the sponsors Sri Lanka Mobitel will soon decide the venue and other details at the grand selection committee meeting attended by the officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and the umpires association together with statistical date provider batsman.lk which is playing a big role under its CEO Kumara Gamhewage.
The Covid-19 impact on Sri Lanka has been greatly reduced, though the threat posed by the pandemic is still alive. Though the global threat continues, the situation here has improved greatly and the general election was also conducted in keeping with the health guidelines to the maximum.
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.