The Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, sponsored by SLT Mobitel for the sixth successive year, will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. The Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper with the largest circulation, which launched the event at a time,
The year 2009 was a memorable year for young Dinesh Chandimal, the current Sri Lanka Test vice-captain, and Twenty20 captain, who led Ananda College in the ‘Big Match’ - the ‘Battle of the Maroons’ encounter against Nalanda College.
Anandian Malith Gunatileka, the Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2007 has achieved something unique in the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year contest by becoming the only player to win both the top awards ,the main award of Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year.
Former Wesley College star allrounder Mohamed Farveez Maharoof has gone through a great cricket career. While playing for Wesley College, he captained the Sri Lanka Under-19 in the World Cup, opening the bowling and batting middle-order. His best achievements were 243 in an innings and 8 wickets for 20.
Former Sri Lanka schools cricketer and level one coach, Sean Mackay who was a recipient of many Sunday Observer School Cricket Awards during his playing days at Raddoluwa MV said that every schoolboy cricketer should target to win an award at this prestigious contest that will help them immensely to build their career and one’s confidence.
This annual contest could be described as the ‘Oscars’ for young schoolboy cricketers who could walk with their heads held high looking at their cricketing future. In an era where fewer contests were held to recognise schoolboy cricketers, the Sunday Observer took the initiative to felicitate young talented cricketers, and up-to-date this particular contest remains undisputed as school cricket promoters, these sentiments were aired by former Sri Lanka fast bowler Wendell Labrooy.
Voting for the 35th Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contests is in full swing with the reopening of schools for the first term. After 34 successive years of the traditional way of voting for the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, under All-Island and the Outstation categories, the format of the competition has been changed this year.
The voting for the 35th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest 2013 under a new format has been encouraging as the coupons have begun to pour in. The formats under ‘platinum’ for schools playing in the division one, ‘gold’ for schools taking part in division 2 and ‘silver’ for the schools playing in Division III have created more enthusiasm judging by the number of coupons received.
The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, is one of the most looked forward event of the year. Most of the Observer Schoolboy contest winners have represented the country. In the schools cricket scene, the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer competition, is one of the best organised events in the country, where most cricket lovers look forward.
OBSERVER-MOBITEL..... Going down memory lane for the past 34 years, the SUNDAY OBSERVER now with MOBITEL has done a great service to the schoolboy cricketers by duly recognising their capabilities.