Voting for the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2014 begins today under three categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver for the Under-19 Division 1, 11 and 111 schools. The 36th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest is organised by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper with the largest circulation – the Sunday Observer.
OBSERVER-MOBITEL CONTEST...... The ever popular Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2014 contest is back again. The voting for the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2014 competition will begin from next Sunday (26 January) with coupons appearing in the Sunday Observer, Daily News, Dinamina and Thinakaran as last year in three segments namely Platinum,Gold and Silver. School cricket is conducted in three divisions,namely division 1,2 and 3. In division one there are 36 schools, in division two there are 33 schools and in division 3 the highest number of schools (151) covering almost all parts of the country.
Sanath Jayasuriya – Chairman of selection committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Postal Services, had a ministerial look about him when in the national language he advised the youngsters present at the awards ceremony of the Sunday Observer – Mobitel Cricket Awards to take the game of cricket seriously as it will bring rich rewards.
Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year 2013 competition has caught up with interest with many cricketers in and around Moratuwa hitting the top. The name Mendis creates a lot of curiosity among the cricket crazy fraternity in the country. Yet another Mendis will be added to the cricketing clan from Moratuwa as The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Kusal Mendis who won the coveted award on Friday became only the second Cambrian to take away the award, with Sahan Wijeratne judged as the winner in 2002.
Many schoolboy cricketers believe that winning an award, irrespective the main award or otherwise, is an harbinger for their future cricketing endeavours. Having this thought in mind, a galaxy of youngsters who had excelled in the field of cricket during the last school cricket season will gather at the Galadari Hotel Ballroom on Friday, as they will be recognised and rewarded at the 35th edition of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Contest for their dedication at the end of a highly competitive cricket season.
Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya will grace the 35th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony at the Galadari Hotel on Friday from 5.30 p.m. It will be a fitting tribute to the legendary Sri Lanka cricket captain turned parliamentarian who will return to the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year stage, exactly 25 years since winning the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation title way back in 1988, representing St. Servatius College, Matara.
Master-blaster Sanath Jayasuriya - a former Sri Lanka skipper, has been very much a part and parcel of inter-school cricket in the country and he excelled in cricket while at St. Servatius College, Matara and was picked as Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Segment in 1988.