Show has given cricket a forward push
CRICKET: So many experts have aired their views, time and again of
the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year show and I
like to join them and tell one and all that it a show never to be
missed. Millions have been spent and Sunday Observer and Mobitel have
combined very effectively to make this show a great success. It is a
much looked forward to event by the schoolboy cricketers in this
Dilshan de Silva - Chairman Selectors -Sri Lanka Schools
Winning awards even in any category, besides the main award, will
open avenues for one to make much headway in the future. The award
winners will also receive valuable cash awards.
“The criteria for the selection of the winner is based on the overall
performance in the Under 19 league tournament, with preference given to
players who have performed well at International level too. There were
many outstanding players such as Royalist Bhanuka Rajapakse, Richmondite
Dhananajaya de Silva and Anandian Sachitra Perera, who of course did not
play against the England Under 19, but performed exceptionally well
during the league competition, taking over 100 wickets for the season,”
said the Chairman Selectors of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association
Dilshan de Silva.
This competition is something like a dream for the schoolboy
cricketer and all cricketers should know that if they perform well,
one’s chances are more to make their dreams come true. I have my doubts
that a show of this nature for schoolboy cricketers would have taken
place in any other part of the world. So, the Sunday Observer and the
sponsors should be happy for a job well done. This show has taken place
in 1979 even prior to Sri Lanka gaining Test status in 1981.
Besides the publicity and the honour which the players gain , the
school too will get the due recognition for producing a top player.
Almost 80% of the players who have won, not only the key awards, but
even the Outstation cricketers have made use of the encouragement and
gone on to receive national honours. Referring to the latest addition to
the list of awards which was introduced a couple of years ago, the Best
Behaved Team which was introduced on the advice of an early winner -
Ranjan Madugalle will no doubt instill more discipline in school
The schools from the rural areas should be given full credit for
their achievements as they take the field with very limited resources.
Some schools haven’t the basic requirement like having a playground.
But, still the sheer determination keeps them going on and the end
result has been very good.