A great trier Farveez Maharoof won Observer top cricket award in
By Leslie FERNANDO
Farveez Maharoof Observer
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2003 with the trophies.
CRICKET: The 23-year-old Sri Lanka allrounder Mohamed Farveez
Maharoof who is presently playing for Delhi Dare Devils team in the
Indian Premier League cricket tournament was the winner of the Observer,
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2003.
Former wesleyite Maharoof, won the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year
Award 2003 and was also picked as the Best Batsman All-Island and also
figured prominently in the final round of the Best Bowler, Best
Allrounder and Best Captain awards.
He was picked for the top award in school cricket by the panel of
umpires from three associations - Association of Cricket Umpires and
Scorers, Sri Lanka, Central Province Cricket Umpires Association and
Southern Province Cricket Umpires Association.
Maharoof showed early promise as a cricketer and he had many fine
knocks with the bat and claimed many wickets with his bowling in
inter-school cricket matches. The climb to the top in inter-school
cricket was sharp and it was no surprise that the judges in the Observer
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest picked him for the top honour.
Farveez Maharoof born on 7th September 1984, is a right-hand bat and
right-arm fast medium bowler. He played for Wesley College from the
young age of 11 years at junior level under-13, under-17 and the first
XI with distinction.
Maharoof, the 1st eleven captain of Wesley in 2001 and 2002,
established a fine record of scoring a double century (243 not out)
against Richmond in 2002 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
None of the past Wesley cricketers have achieved this feat.
He has represented Sri Lanka Schools under-19 side against the
visiting England Academy side in 2003 and slammed a quick-fire century
(100) off 99 balls. He was also in the Development Cricket Squad run by
He had the distinction of playing for the BCCSL Board XI led by
Romesh Kaluwitharana against the New Zealanders in 2003 and scored 22
runs and he claimed the wickets of Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming and Scot
Maharoof had a good run in England, playing for Stanmore in the
Middlesex County League. He figured prominently with the bat and ball,
scoring heavily and capturing wickets. He has been a great asset to
Stanmore who became Ladbrokes Middlesex County League Champions for the
For his excellent performances for Stanmore, the Australian coach of
Middlesex invited Maharoof to play for the Middlesex 2nd XI.
In the 2003 inter-school cricket season, he scored 845 runs which
included two centuries against Ananda (146) and Nalanda (106 not out)
and five half centuries. He has also bagged 42 wickets with 5 for 56
against Ananda as his best effort. He also played a few games for CCC in
the under 23 tournament.
At Wesley, he was also bright in studies an ‘A’ Level student. His
father Hassan Mohamed who was also a good sportsman during his younger
days representing the CMC Community Centre and Playgrounds. So, young
Maharoof got all the support from his father.
He started club cricket in a big way, turning out for Bloomfield and
proved his allround capabilities in most of the Premier League matches.
Maharoof is a promising new allrounder in the Sri Lanka team. He first
made his impression in the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh where he
captained the Sri Lanka team. He enjoyed a prolific school career for
Wesley College with a highest score of 243 and best bowling figures of 8
Maharoof has a sound batting technique and is able to adopt to
different conditions. He is wellknown as a player who can score runs
down the order but he is also capable of playing patiently when in tight
Maharoof’s Test match bowling figures (24 wickets at an average of
60.75) do not show his natural talent as sometimes he is underbowled.
This was amply seen in the third Test between England and Sri Lanka in
2006 when he did not bowl in the entire match.
In the qualifying round of the 2006 International Cricket Council
Champions Trophy, Maharoof had the best bowling figures in the history
of the tournament - 6 wickets for 14 runs which is also the 9th best
analysis in all one-day international matches.
That was against the defending champions West Indies and it was
Maharoof’s first five-wicket haul in ODI’s. Maharoof took 4 for 23
against Bermuda to start the 2007 World Cup and became the first Sri
Lankan to take a 4 wicket haul on his World Cup debut. He also took his
100th wicket in his 75th one-day International, becoming the fastest Sri
Lankan to reach that landmark, beating Muttiah Muralitharan by one
Maharoof out of West Indies tour
Farveez Maharoof, the Sri Lankan allrounder was ruled out of the West
Indies tour recently with a side strain. He suffered the injury during
the recently concluded CB Series in Australia, but was named in the
15-member Test squad for the two matches against West Indies.
Selection Committee sources stated that Maharoof had failed to
recover sufficiently from the injury and had to miss the tour. Left-arm
fast bowler Chanaka Welegedera who toured Australia for the CB Series
but did not play a single match due to a technical problem with his
follow through, where he was warned for running on the pitch, was the
replacement for Maharoof for West Indies tour.
In Indian League
Maharoof recovered from the side strain and presently is in India
representing Dare Devils, Indian Premier League team of New Delhi.
Altogether Maharoof has played in 20 Tests, scoring 538 runs, batting
He had three half-centuries and top score of 72. He took 24 wickets
after bowling 2,628 balls, best bowling - 4 for 52 and he has taken 6
He played 75 one-day internationals and scored 751 runs at an average
He has two half-centuries, highest unbeaten 69. In bowling, took 100
wickets, sending down 3,075 balls, average of 23.88, best bowling
figures 6 for 14 and held 16 catches.
At a recent meeting, Maharoof said that the Observer Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year Contest gave him all the encouragement to forge
ahead in the cricket world.
Schoolboy cricketers he said should be encouraged a lot and the
results will follow.