Schoolboy Cricketer show has come to stay
CRICKET: The link between the Sunday Observer and the Sri Lanka
School Cricket Association along with the sponsors have something unique
when it comes to the development of the game in the country. This
combination has helped the young immensely, not only where cricket is
concerned, but in their day to day life.
The Sunday Observer - Sri Lanka Telecom show has come to stay.
These views were aired by H.S. Pieris, a former Master-in-Charge of
Cricket at Sri Sumangala College Panadura who was an official in various
capacities at the SLSCA during his 23 years of school administration. A
show of this nature, is being held in the world which gives due
recognition at schoolboy level for cricketers. This has no doubt helped
us to maintain the high standard of school cricket. We know our school
cricket standard is rated as one the best in the world.
“A large sum of money has been spent to conduct this show annually
and I wish that this show will go on and on for many years to come”said
Pieris. He has been silently serving Sri Lanka School Cricket and he is
one of the most respected among the officials. Even after retiring, he
plays a responsible role in the administration of school cricket and is
presently attached to the SLSCA Secretariat.
He was rewarded for his good work in 1998 when he accompanied the Sri
Lanka Under 19 cricket team as the schools representative for the Under
19 World Cup in South Africa.
In that tournament, the Sri Lanka Under-19 team was captained by
Pradeep Hewage of St.Benedict’s College and included players like
Chamara Silva, Malinga Bandara, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dilhara Fernando
and Thilina Kandamby, to name a few.
A good number of recipients of awards at this show has gone to
represent the country at the highest level and it is certain that there
will be more emerging players to come in the future.