CRICKET IN FOCUS.... Nalanda College’s star cricketer of the past – Kumara Dharmasena now one of the leading cricket umpires in the world, made it a date to be at the Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.
OBSERVER/MOBITEL CRICKET AWARDS: Thirty seven awards will be at stake at this year’s SUNDAY OBSERVER/MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR CONTEST which has produced many top class cricketers on it’s 35-year-old journey.
The 36th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer 2014 awards night will be telecast on October 25 at 9.30 p.m. on Channel Eye, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.
The Mega Show which richly rewards budding schoolboy cricketers - the 36th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards presentation will be held at the grand ballroom of the Cinnamon Grand on Wednesday. Former Sri Lanka cricketer and current ICC elite panel umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who had won the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1989, will be the chief guest.
The grand finale of the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest will be held on October 15 at the Oak Room of The Cinnamon Grand Hotel from 5.30 pm. The show of shows brings out the cream of schoolboy cricketers. It has continued for over three decades and provided the platform for young aspiring cricketers.
The Sunday Observer - Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year contest has contributed immensely towards the success of Sri Lanka cricket, as looking back over the years most of the recipients have ended up playing for the national team said the former Sri Lanka opening batsman Dammika Ranatunga the eldest of the cricketing trio.
The Sunday Observer/ Mobitel School Cricket Contest is no doubt a stepping stone to all those aspiring cricketers who want to play for Sri Lanka. The players who have gone on to represent the country at the highest level know what this contest is all about. Brendon Kuruppu who won the Best Fielders award at the show and went on to represent Sri Lanka. He was very impressed with the show.
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 .