Sri Lanka u-19 coach Naveed Nawaz Schoolboy cricketer of the year
Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer show. The Sunday Observer
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year is a trusted and proven show as almost
90% of the winners of either the main award or sectional awards have
gone to represent the country at the highest level. It is a big boon to
any aspiring cricketer. These sentiments were expressed by former Sri
Lanka Test cricketer Naveed Nawaz who won the award in 1993.
This show is the ultimate pinnacle for a schoolboy cricketer and a
much look forward to event. There is a lot of excitement in the school
cricket curriculum said Nawaz, the elegant left- hander from
Nawaz showed early promise as an allrounder at DS and was an
automatic choice for his school team in all age groups. He became the
Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the year. He was rewarded for scoring
over 1000 runs and taking 68 wickets in the 1992/93 school cricket
He was a member of the Sri Lanka Schools Team which toured England in
1992 under Suchitra Alexander which included Russel Arnold, Chaminda
Vaas, Pulasthy Gunaratne and Jayantha Silva. The following year, 1993 he
also toured Singapore and Malaysia with a Sri Lanka Under 19 team
captained by Royalist Gamini Perera. The team included players of the
calibre of Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Russel Arnold, Avishka
Gunawardene, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Mario Villavarayan, Saman Jayantha,
Indika de Saram and Peter Hamer.
Although,a cricket tour to Singapore and Malaysia is not the ideal
destination for a highly talented cricket team to perform, the talent
was amply displayed when the team was pitted against expatriates and the
Sri Lankan youngsters impressed everyone. Later many of these players
namely Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Russel Arnold, Avishka
Gunawardene, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Saman Jayantha, Indika de Saram and
Naveed Nawaz went on to represent the country either in ODIs or Tests.
Nawaz made his ODI debut in 1997 and played in a solitary Test match
against Bangladesh in 2002. He should be considered trifle unlucky not
to play in many Test matches.
Naveed Nawaz is presently the Sri Lanka Under 19 coach. He has a
level three Australian coaching certificate and currently he is in
charge of the Under 19 team that will be taking part in the Junior World
Cup to be staged next year in Australia. Caption: Naveed Nawaz the
former D.S.Senanayake College cricketer and the present Under 19 cricket
coach. He was the Schoollboy Cricketer of the Year 1993.