Observer-Mobitel cricket contests will encourage players to perform
D. S. de Silva
CRICKET: Sri Lanka cricket has come a long way and the encouragement
given to young cricketers will help them to perform better. The
competitions like the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contests
will encourage the young cricketers to work harder for the greater glory
of the school and the country, said D. Somachandra de Silva, the Advisor
to President on cricket and Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket.
Dandeniya Somachandra de Silva well-known as `DS' - the best leg
spinner Sri Lanka produced, said that the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer
of the Year Contest has been held for the past three decades is regarded
as a national event of the utmost importance in the school cricket
This annual event with its rich traditions recognises schoolboy
cricketers and teams from across the island who have performed with
outstanding merit during the school cricket season. As all know school
cricket is the nursery of our national cricket. Hence it is natural that
those who are successful in gaining recognition in this event are
normally a short step away from national recognition. Sri Lanka cricket
is most grateful to the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the
Observer and the sponsors Sri Lanka Telecom-Mobitel for the yeomen
service they have rendered for the benefit of our national cricket. `DS'
praised schools cricket in the country.
Sri Lanka Cricket will give all support to young schoolboy cricketers
to come up to national level, the Cricket Board boss said.
He said that the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contests
have brought to light rich talent in all parts of the country. This
contest has been a source of inspiration to Sri Lanka's budding
schoolboy cricketers and is bound to produce more champion cricketers in
the future. I'm thrilled by the resounding success of the contest all
these years. Several the Observer Cricket Contest winners were in the
1996 World Cup winning team and around 18 winners have played for Sri
Lanka. Four winners have gone on to captain the Sri Lanka team and eight
winners have led Sri Lanka `A' sides. Then there are some who have
captained the Sri Lanka under-19 team at Youth World Cup Championships.
So the value of the competition is clearly seen without a doubt.
The Sri Lanka cricket boss said that sponsors are vital for the
progress of sports in a country.
D. S. de Silva's contribution to Prince of Wales and Sri Lanka in
cricket is remarkable. He has played in three World Cup tourneys -
1975,1979 and 1983.