Voting for the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of
the Year begins next week:
Mother of all shows turns 35
New award structure under Platinum, Gold and Silver
What they say...
Former Sri Lanka Test captain and presently the Chief ICC Match
Referee and the winner of the contest in 1978 and 1979.
Winning the contest twice consecutively is the best thing that could
have happened to me. Playing for Royal had brought me immense joy. The
school cricketers should be further motivated and at the same time the
outstation schools should not be neglected.
This contest will give all encouragement for the
youngsters. He added that winning the competition gave him a lot of
satisfaction and spurred him to reach the top.
1996 World Cup winning captain and the Sunday Observer Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year 1980-1982.
It is good to see the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer contest
being conducted for the 35th occasion from 1978 to encourage the
promising and talented schoolboy cricketers.
It is good to see the northern province has joined with the others in
the competition. It is also heartening to see the schools from the
outstation schools playing a prominent role.
Former Sri Lanka Test opener, ICC Match Referee and winner of the
contest in 1983-1984.
It is great that the contest has identified potential players which
is no secret judging by the number of Test and talented players coming
through the contest.
Ashantha de Mel:
Former Test opening bowler and current Chairman Selectors.
The contest is a really good one for young aspiring cricketers.
I can remember when I won the best bowler’s award in 1978 when Ranjan
Madugalle, my teammate at Royal who won the coveted award, it was a
moment to cherish. Every schoolboy looked forward for the contest with
lot of enthusiasm. Later players like Arjuna Ranatunga, Marvan Atapattu
and Roshan Mahanama too won the award. The contest has done a lot for
cricket. I wish all the success while conducting future contests.
Former Test cricketer and presently an Elite Panel Umpire who was
named as the Best Umpire of the Year. He is also a winner of the
I congratulate the ANCL and the Sunday Observer for keeping the show
going on for all these years. The school cricketers who do well during
the season are rewarded.
The contest cater to the very best is reflected in the results and a
good number of recipients of the award have represented the country at
the highest level.
Sri Lanka’s first ever inter-school cricket award show will celebrate
its 35th anniversary in 2013. It is with pride and honour that we
announce the launch of the 35th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of
the Year contest.
In order to mark its three-and-a-half-decade long journey, during
which has produced many Sri Lankan cricketing legends such as Arjuna
Ranatunga, Ranjan Madugalle, Sidath Wettimuny, Asanka Gurusinha, Roshan
Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu,
we have decided to further expand our awards structure.
During the past 34 years, prizes for the most outstanding schoolboy
cricketers were awarded under All-Island and Outstation categories.
However, in keeping with the Under-19 inter-school cricket tournament
structure of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA), we will
award under three different categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver
divisions. Schools playing in the Division 1 tournament of the SLSCA
Under-19 tournament will be considered for the Platinum Division and
only the cricketers playing for those schools will be eligible to be
voted for the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the
Year 2013 Platinum Division.
Similarly, cricketers of the school teams playing in the Division 11
and Division 111 tournaments of the SLSCA Under-19 tournaments will be
eligible to be voted for Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year 2013 Gold Division and Silver Division
However, the identity of the show will be preserved as we will retain
the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2013 national
awards which will be purely on merit and all schoolboy cricketers
playing in Division 1, 11 and 111 will be considered for these awards
under best batsman, best bowler, best all-rounder, best fielder and the
Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, who will be selected
by a special panel comprising SLSCA officials, Schools national
selectors and umpires associations. In addition there will be Platinum,
Gold and Silver Division winner for all those awards.
Hence, the mother of all shows has further strengthened its awards
structure to further reward and encourage the budding schoolboy
cricketers. When the Sunday Observer first embarked on its Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony in 1978/79, there wasn’t a single
such event to recognise the talents of the country’s schoolboy
cricketers. Even there wasn’t an organised inter-school structure or an
under-19 inter-school tournament.
We now see more and more inter-school cricket awards ceremonies,
following our footsteps and even counting on the years in which we have
conducted awards ceremonies uninterrupted. As the Mother of all Shows,
Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year event is happy to see at least
two other organisers following in our initiative. We are indeed happy to
see those taking place as the ultimate winner of all these contests
would be Sri Lanka’s school cricket.
We at the Sunday Observer feel that encouraging the most outstanding
schoolboy cricketers at the end of each season is an investment for the
future. That would undoubtedly inspire those budding cricketers do ever
well and enter the big league.
As Sri Lanka’s cricketing giants such as Ranjan Madugalle and Arjuna
Ranatunga have quite rightly described, Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of
the Year contest is the stepping stone for the big league.
This is the platform that would elevate an outstanding schoolboy
cricketer from school level to club and national level. Sri Lanka’s
flagship English newspaper with the largest circulation would continue
to promote schools cricket even on a greater scale and inspire them to
become tomorrow’s national stars.
Voting for the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketers
Platinum, Gold and Silver Divisions will begin from next week.
Voting coupons will be published in the Sunday Observer, Daily News,
Dinamina and Thinakaran from next Sunday. Make sure that you follow the
outstanding cricketer of your Alma Mater and vote for them so that it
would help them to go places.