A former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award winner is on duty with the Sri Lanka team at the first Test against Bangladesh now being played in Galle. He is none other than former Sri Lanka batsman and the winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in 1985 Asanka Gurusinha who was recently appointed as cricket manager of the Sri Lanka team.
The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year series has produced many Sri Lanka cricketers who made their mark in the international arena in a big way. Besides those legendary cricketers in world cricket, several past recipients of the prestigious award had played many other leading roles for the great game.
The 2017 ‘Big Match’ season is around the corner as school cricket becomes cynosure of all eyes during the month of March. With the traditional inter-school matches for 2017 due to commence from next week, the heat is on for the prestigious Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year titles.
The prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Mega Awards ceremony has gone from strength to strength, since its inception way back in 1979. It has taken a giant leap forward especially during the last decade, largely due to the financial backing of the Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel. The SLT Mobitel’s alliance with the country’s first-ever school cricket award show has made the outstanding schoolboy cricketers the ultimate winners. Thanks to the SLT Mobitel’s sponsorship since 2008, the standard of the show has been elevated to greater levels with high-quality glittering trophies to higher prize money.
Sri Lanka’s first and the most prestigious school cricket award show will be held for the 39th consecutive year, continuing the rich traditions maintained by the country’s flagship English newspaper, the Sunday Observer. Voting for the most popular segments of the 39th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest commenced last week as the 2016/17 inter-school first X1 cricket season gradually reaches its peak.
SLT/ Mobitel sponsored the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year contest for the 10th consecutive year . In the picture Nalin Perera ( COO SLT/ Mobitel ) handing over the sponsorship package to Sirimevan Dias ( Director Legal ANCL) at the DL’s office ANCL. Jude Silva (Senior Manager Channel Comunication SLT/Mobitel) on left and Waruna Mallawarachchi DGM Advertising look on.
The race is on, and the schoolboy cricketers will be all eagerly waiting for the commencement of the 39th edition of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year competition that will begin soon as the coupons are already published in today’s Sunday Observer and will also appear in the Daily News, Dinamina and the Thinakaran ANCL publications.
For those schoolboy cricketers, parents, teachers, coaches and everyone else who were present at the 38th Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night at Hotel Galadari last Tuesday the keynote address delivered by Sri Lanka cricketing legend and former captain Mahela Jayawardene was a lesson on how to become a successful cricketer.
Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82’ ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84’(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95’ ( Ananda) ‘Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter’s) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010’2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .