Shane Fernando Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer 1985
CRICKET: Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year competition
gathered momentum from early days and is now a well-established
competition. In 1985, Shane Fernando was the Outstation Schoolboy
cricketer who former Sri Lanka “one drop” bat Asanka Gurusinha now
domiciled in Australia, became the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (All
(St.Thomas’ College, Kotte)
Shane Fernando, an equally talented schoolboy from St.Thomas’
College, Kotte was awarded the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer
Outstation for his outstanding performance during the schools cricket
Shane Fernando the lad from Kotte, after a short stint of cricket in
Sri Lanka left for the UAE in search of greener pastures. While at work,
Shane was a member of the United Arab Emirates national cricket team. He
was in the 1996 World Cup squad for the UAE.
That was the year that Sri Lanka won the World Cup- in Pakistan.
Gurusinha played a prominent role in the win.
Fernando, represented his school in all forms of age groups and
became an important member in the team from 1982 to 1985 and led the
team in 1984. His best effort in school cricket was twin hundreds ( 179
and 129) against St.Mary’s Chilaw. He was a highly talented player while
representing SSC from 1986 to 1991 at the domestic tournaments under the
leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga.
In an era where not much of international cricket was played in the
country, Fernando toured Thailand for an International Six-A-Side
cricket tournament with the Mercantile Cricket Team led by Duleep
While representing the UAE, he had the privilege of touring India,
Pakistan, Kenya, England and the Netherlands .
Presently, he plays for the Sinhalese Sports Club in the division
three tournament. He was a former SLC Media Manager and was attached to
the ICC Media unit during the 2011 World Cup Cricket Tournament as a
Venue Media Facilities Manager.
Shane Fernando, bringing back nostalgic memories of an event that
took place over a decade and a half ago, the time he was playing for
school, said the Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer Award in 1985, gave him
all the encouragement. He said the competition promising schoolboys
hopes and encouragement.
He wished that the show will continue to for many years, so that more
and more youngsters will get due recognition and help to enhance their
career for the future.