Former Sri Lanka Test captain Duleep Mendis who is back in the Island after a short coaching stint in Oman, took a bit of his time to say that the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year Contest as one of the most effective contests in recognising schoolboy cricketers.
Former Sri Lanka batting maestro Aravinda de Silva has played many great Innings,but what invariably comes into one's mind is the match winning century at the 1996 World Cup final when Sri Lanka beat Australia to win a World Cup for the first time.
Kaushal Lokuarachchi became the third Peterite to win the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Award in the year 2001, and he was quickly identified as a potential Sri Lanka player because of his allround capabilities. The Peterites who won the coveted award previously were left-hand batsman Rohan Buultjens in 1981, and Lahiru Peiris who won it twice in 2004 and 2005.
Sunday Observer – Mobitel Cricket Contest .... Talking about all-rounders these days, Josephian Chaturanga Kumara who won the Best All-rounders prize (All-Island) at the 32nd Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2010 Contest could be considered as a good bet for the future.
To win the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest not many schoolboy cricketers have been able to do, and to win two top awards have been the prerogative of Former Royal College, all-rounder Kithuruwan Vithanage who was judged as the Best Batsman (All-Island) on merit and was also voted by the readers of the Sunday Observer as the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, (All-Island) in the year 2010 at the 32nd Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest is a much looked forward to event and Thilan Samaraweera was a another player who won the contest in consecutive years. He blossomed out as a top all-rounder with his tantalising off spin bowling and steady batting in both years. He won the contest in the years 1994 and 1995.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year Contest 2013 is a eagerly awaited contest and it's a known fact , that in cricket the number three batsman or as some describe as the 'one drop' bat, plays a very important role in a batting line up ,and people say that the place spoken usually about should be where the best batsman comes in.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year Contest 2013 is a much looked forward to event and since winning the contest in 2009, the former Dharmasoka College and Ananda College cricketer Dinesh Chandimal just took four years to lead his country in an international cricket.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year competition is no doubt a great inspiration for the young schoolboy who is looking to climb to the top of the cricketing ladder. It’s an event eagerly looked forward to at the end of season as the player who deserves will be rewarded.
Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene commending the SUNDAY OBSERVER-MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAK CONTEST said that it was a much look forward to event during his school cricket career at Nalanda College and it is a contest which has BENEFITED many cricketers and a show that acknowledges their efforts and encouraging them to do well.