OBSERVER-MOBITEL Contest will give cricketers the confidence to
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Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest will no doubt give the hard
working schoolboy cricketer the confidence they need for their future
endeavours during their march towards national recognition.
This was the view of the former Sri Lanka Test fast bowler Chaminda
Vaas who bowled his heart-out during his 111-Test match career where he
took 356 Test wickets and scored over 3,500 runs.
Vaas who was a member of the World Cup winning team under Arjuna
Ranatunga in 1996, further said that winning the coveted Schoolboy
Cricketer Award could be at times an advantage as well as a
disadvantage. Some think that winning the award is everything. Instead
they should have a vision that some day they are going to represent the
More than half a dozen of past winners like Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna
Ranatunga, Asanka Guruinha, Roshan Mahanama, Thilan Samaraweera and
Kumar Dharmasena, to name a few, have reached the top.
These players had a vision and they achieved it by ending at the
highest level of the game. They went one step further as Madugalle had
the honour of being the ICC Chief Match Referee and Mahanama, too, was
selected as a Match Referee while Kumar Dharmasena was selected to the
Elite Panel of Umpires.
Vaas further said that the present day generation think that they
know everything on the cricket field. They should try to emulate the
more experienced players like, Arjuna, Mahanama, Mahela, etc. which will
help them to improve their cricket.
Although the competition is held in two categories - All Island and
Outstation, one should not forget that in the Outstation contest too,
has produced some very good cricketers. Sanath Jayasuriya from St.
Servatius', Matara and Tharanga Paranavithana from St. Mary's, Kegalle
were just two of them.
I am sure the contest will help find more and more quality players in