Yet another Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year top award winner has made Sri Lanka proud with a fighting century! It was just three years ago that an outstanding top order batsman from Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Kusal Mendis was adjudged the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2013 for his outstanding performance with the willow in the 2012/13 school season. The surname Mendis and the town of Moratuwa have been greatly associated with Sri Lanka cricket.
It was Sri Lanka’s World Cup victory in 1996 that made a revolution in local cricket and transformed the level of the game to a highly professional level. Beating Australia by seven wickets in the final played in Lahore on March 17, 1996 opened a new era in Sri Lanka cricket, taking the game to every corner of the country, generating tremendous public interest.
The 38th Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year show which was to be held on July 12th has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The new date will be notified in due course.
Every schoolboy cricketer has a common dream, right from the day they hold the bat or ball at junior under-13 level - to play for the national team one fine day! By the time they end their school career after their final year in first X1 team under-19 cricket, they will get one common signal about their destiny.
Several recent award winners of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest are currently playing for the Sri Lanka national team and Sri Lanka 'A' team. It is heartening to see the past Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer award winners going great guns for the Sri Lanka Cricket.
Two notable achievements by former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year - Dinesh Chandimal and Thilan Samaraweera, were witnessed last week. Incidentally, both of them are proud products of Ananda College which has made a great contribution to Sri Lanka cricket by producing some sterling performances for the country at the highest level..
The Countdown has begun for the moment thousands of schoolboy cricketers across the country have been dreaming of! It is just 16 days to go for the grand finale of the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony to be held in Colombo.
The stage is set for the grand finale of the 38th episode of the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2016 at the Galadari Hotel Ball Room on July12th. The final selection of the players who have performed prominently during the last school cricket season and who are eligible to be recipients were selected by a distinguished panel comprising officials from the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, Sri Lanka Cricket and members from the Association Of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka. (ACUSL)
Former Sri Lanka captain and ICC Match Referee Roshan Mahanama urged schoolboy cricketers to work hard towards their targets in a disciplined manner, maintaining the high traditions of the game - instead of being "remote-controlled". In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer, the two-time winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award, said that schoolboy cricketers should be willing to make sacrifices and should not look for short cuts, if they are to progress further. "They need to have a target and willingness to work towards that, with dedication. There are no shortcuts," he said. Commenting on the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, Mahanama said it has always motivated schoolboy cricketers at the end of each season, recognizing their hard work. "These events motivated us as youngsters. It is always a great motivation when you know that your achievements are being recognized," he said.
Who will be the proud recipient of the most prestigious crown in Sri Lanka school cricket? The answer to the question raised by many sports fans and cricket enthusiasts would be known in exactly a month's time when the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony takes place in Colombo.