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OBSERVER-MOBITEL contest has given schoolboy cricketers all encouragement

Ignatius Anandappa former Test umpire and the Administrative secretary of the Proffessional Cricket umpire’s Association.
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CRICKET: There are many cricket contests by various establishments and much emphasis is laid on school cricket. The schoolboy cricketers who undoubtedly are the future Test players for the country, and having hit the top, they are on the brink of getting selected to the national side.

When we start from Ranjan Madugalle who won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Contest twice and last year’s winner Dinesh Chandimal during the last three decades, we have seen many players emerging in between. Among them are three Test captains, namely Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga and Marvan Atapattu.

Madugalle - the ICC Chief Match Referee and Atapattu the present Sri Lanka batting coach.

Besides cricketers, there are Test players who have gone beyond the playing field who have become Test umpires like Kumara Dharmasena and Roshan Mahanama _ a respected Match Referee, like Madugalle. Mahanama and Madugalle were contemporary players and both captained the country. Madugalle captained both Test and ODI’s while Mahanama led the country in the Australasia Cup in Sharjah. The Observer-Mobitel contest have given the cricketers all the encouragement Ignatius Anandappa, a former Test umpire who stood in 9 Test matches and 27 ODI’s and has 46 years experience as an umpire, had the privilege in participating in the contest right from the beginning.

He said that the competition was a wonderful one and whoever is selected for coveted the award, has always represented the country at the highest level. He further said that the sponsors are playing a great role in boosting the young school going players. This type of contest will no doubt make the youngster to set up a target to win the ultimate ‘big award’ after performing well, rather than just playing for his school. So the competition is a great motivator and the pinnacle of a schoolboy cricketer’s career.

Sometime back winners were confined only to Colombo and the suburbs, but now it is encouraging that it has spread to the outstations as well. It is a good sign Anandappa added.


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