Scoring a double hundred in a cricket match is a highly remarkable performance, and doing it on debut in a Test match is something beyond that and unique. Brendon Kuruppu who won the runner-up award for the Best Batsman in the year 1978 Ranjan Madugalle was judged the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.
"During my 11-year-old career as an administrator in various positions at the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, I was delighted to see many emerging school players finally ending representing the country at the highest level. It has also happened before I was involved in the contest and I sincerely hope that the trend will continue for many years".
The foundation laid by talented schoolboy cricketers will be further consolidated by conducting contests like the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year as these contests will give the necessary confidence for the player to go up the ladder of success.
Observer/Mobitel Cricket contests Dedication, discipline, commitment and hard work is the key to success not only for a successful cricket career but also in one's day-to-day life.
Former Sri Lanka Test opening bowler and the present Chairman Selectors Ashantha de Mel, while commending the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Show lamented of the drastic drop of the standard of school cricket.
Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of the Year: Playing under a champion leader and a champion outfit under Arjuna Ranatunga who became the Second Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1981, Charith Senanayake who was a member of that champion Ananda College team is now the Manager of the National Cricket Side, said that it was a great privilege for any schoolboy to take part in the much looked forward Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year event .
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year showpiece is an incentive for the young players who are hoping to reach the zenith in cricket at school level which is described as the cradle of cricket in this country.
Competitions like the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Show gives great encouragement and motivation for the schoolboy cricketers. Organising a show of this nature by the Sunday Observer for over three decades is no doubt laudable, said the former Sri Lanka cricket captain Anura Tennekoon.
Observer-Mobitel Cricket contest: The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest will no doubt give the hard working schoolboy cricketer the confidence they need for their future endeavours during their march towards national recognition.
OBSERVER-MOBITEL CRICKET: The Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable shows which is a source of inspiration for the up and coming schoolboy cricketers in the country today.