The Cinnamon Grand Hotel was a hive of activity as it was the venue when the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association officials and the Umpires of the Association of Cricket Umpires gathered to pick the winners of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year for the 35th occasion last week.
Reaching the top in two different segments in Test cricket is no easy task ,but the former Sri Lankan all-rounder Kumar Dharmasena achieved both, due to perseverance coupled with loads of self confidence.
Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest: After an illustrious school cricket career, former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu, the present batting coach for the Sri Lanka national cricket team was the Schoolboy Cricketer Of the Year 1990.
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest will no doubt give the hard working schoolboy cricketers the confidence they need for their future endeavours during their march towards national recognition.
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.