Top Awards: Niroshan Dickwella of Trinity College, Kandy became the 14th player who had won the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Award and winning his Test ‘cap’ against the recently concluded Sri Lanka-South Africa Tests matches.
Looking back, the contest has provided a good filtering , as a good number of recipients have ended as national players. It has been a good encouragement for the schoolboy players who are hoping to represent the country at the highest level .
Come, Tuesday the 24th of June 2014 will be a crucial day for the schoolboy cricketers , as the panel of judges which includes distinguished umpires from the Association Of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka , a couple of National Selectors along with the President of the SLSCA will sit together at the Galadari Hotel for the 36th occasion to pick the best performers during the 2013/2014 school cricket season to reward them.
After an illustrious school cricket career at Ananda College , former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu, the once batting coach and now the Head Coach for the Sri Lanka national cricket team, was the Schoolboy Cricketer Of the Year 1990. Rated by most of the International and Local cricket community as one of the most technically equipped batsman in the Test arena.
Heavy voting took place during the penultimate week of the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest 2014.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Contest is one of the most looked forward to competitions by any schoolboy. The competition gives a lot of pleasure and encouragement for the schoolboy cricketer who looks forward to pursue his cricketing career and gives the player a lot of confidence.
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Jayantha Seneviratne who turned out to be Nalanda College cricket coach for nearly two decades, believed that the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year contest is no doubt a big boost and a stepping stone for future cricketers.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest is a show of a life time for young aspiring cricketers who are hoping to pursue with the game and to represent the country.
School Cricket Divisions I,II & III approved by the Ministry of Education for Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association is renamed Platinum for Division I, Gold for Division II and Silver for Division III. All schools falling under the respective divisions are informed to take note of this renaming.
OBSERVER-MOBITEL AWARDS: The 36th Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Contest and the seventh sponsored by Mobitel was launched last Friday with the Sri Lanka Telecom/Mobitel Senior Deputy General Manager Nalin Perera handing over the sponsorship package to the Chairman of The Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd., Bandula Padmakumara flanked by Director Editorial Seelaratne Senerath and Director Legal Rasanga Harischandra.