Exactly a quarter century ago, the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest gave birth to a world champion. He eventually became the highest ever wicket-taker in Test cricket, establishing several other world records in international cricket.
Celebrated Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya said that the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show has been a great source of encouragement to budding schoolboy cricketers, aspiring to step into the big league.
It is amazing to know the great achievements of the past Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketers in its 38-year-old cherished history. The mega show, now considered the 'Mother of all school cricket award shows', has produced six Sri Lanka captains, one World Cup-winning captain, a world record holder, two ICC Match Referees, one ICC Chief Match Referee, one ICC elite panel international umpire, a Sri Lanka national coach, a Chief Selector and many Sri Lanka cricketers.
The 2015/16 inter-school cricket season has reached its peak with the annual big matches. Following the Ananda-Nalanda and Josephian-Peterite encounters this weekend, the oldest inter-school match - the Battle of the Blues three-day encounter between Royal and S.Thomas' is due to commence at the SSC ground on Thursday.
None even in their best of dreams would have thought that the then Royal College captain Ranjan Madugalle would go places in such grand fashion when he was adjudged the first-ever Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year some four decades ago.
From the Galle Esplanade to the BMICH, and to five star hotel status, whatever the location it may be, the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest has gone from strength to strength in recognizing young schoolboy cricket talent which has resulted in surfacing of future players.
The undefeated nine year old partnership between the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) and Sri Lanka Telecom/ Mobitel will continue with the staging of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest for the 38th occasion as the sponsorship of the event was presented on Wednesday.
Chief Operating Officer Sri Lanka/Telecom Mobitel Nalin Perera handing over a replica of the sponsorship pacakge to ANCL Director Finance Emerick Fernando. ANCL Director Editorial Saman Wagaarachchi and Communication Channel Manager (Telecom) Jude Silva are also in the picture. Picture by Ruwan de Silva
The much awaited and the much looked forward to show of the year for schoolboys who will be rewarded for their performances during the concluded cricket season, the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show will be staged for the 37th year at the Hotel Galadari Main Ball Room on July 28 (today) at 5.30 pm.
Former Sri Lanka Test cricketer and renowned commentator Russel Arnold will grace the occasion as chief guest.