Trend set by Sunday Observer and Mobitel should go on!
CRICKET: “During my 11-year-old career as an administrator in various
positions at the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, I was delighted
to see many emerging school players finally ending representing the
country at the highest level. It has also happened before I was involved
in the contest and I sincerely hope that the trend will continue for
many years”. said the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket
Association Dilshan de Silva. Dilshan de Silva was speaking about the
Observer – Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest which has
gathered momentum now.
Dilshan de Silva Secretary SLSCA Pic Susantha Wijegunasekera
Dilshan de Silva, a cricketer of repute himself, has represented the
Ambalangoda Club Rio in his native place. He has also played in the Kent
minor counties from year 2000/2002 and is also a level 2 coach. Dilshan
further said that every cricketer’s dream from under 13 to first eleven
is one day to represent the country and the contest will no doubt
provide them to make their dreams come true. Besides the two main
competitions in the All- Island and Outstation categories, the other
departments too give a tremendous boost for the recipients in their
arduous journey in the cricket world.
De Silva who was involved in the contest since 2001, has seen many
top players coming through the process. Players like Kaushal
Lokuarachchi, Tharanga Paranavithana, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof,
Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Ramith Rambukwella and Sachit
Pathirana are all doing well. While some have played in Test matches, a
few are on the verge of gaining national recognition. While looking back
at the contest, it gives me great pleasure and a lot of satisfaction as
a member of the Schools Cricket Selection Committee and also as a member
of the Selection Committee of the Contest in picking the winners.
The success of the competition could be easily seen by the number of
players who have gone on to represent the country at the highest level.
At the initial stages of the show, there were Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna
Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha, Kumar Dharmasena, Thilan
Samaraweera, Muttiah Muralitharan. In the recent past, there were
players like Dinesh Chandimal and Bhanuka Rajapakse who are now making a
strong claim to gain representative honours in big-time cricket.
Most of the past winners have also contributed towards the game in
various other capacities. Madugalle’s appointment as the ICC Chief Match
Referee is no doubt a great honour to the country and Sri Lanka Cricket.
Roshan Mahanama is also a reputed Match Referee. Kumar Dharmasena has
shown his prowess as an respected Test umpire. Some have obtained their
cricket coaching certificates and have migrated to take up coaching as
their career. Dilshan thanked the Sunday Observer and Mobitel for the
support given to the youngsters who eventually will be the future
players for the country.