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Sunday Observer and Mobitel have given school cricket a boost – Dilshan de Silva – Secretary SLSCA

My involvement with Sri Lanka school cricket goes way back to the year 2000, and within this period over a decade the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year Contest has reached great heights by recognising the bulk of the players who have represented the country at the highest level.

 Dilshan de Silva – Secretary Schools Cricket Association

These were the sentiments of the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association Dilshan de Silva who has also played the game at the highest club level and knows the capabilities of the players.

Dilshan de Silva who represented Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda and was a member of the Ambalangoda Rio CC said that no one can deny the fact the Sunday Observer and Mobitel have played a major role encouraging the youngsters to go forward by recognising their talent.

A good number of players who have represented the country at the highest level have come through the system. Many schoolboy cricketers believe that winning an award in the contest is something they cherish during their life time.

The first two winners of the Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year award, Ranjan Madugalle and Arjuna Ranatunga captained the Test sides and thereafter Roshan Mahanama and Marvan Atapattu followed suit. In the Outstation Competition, too we have seen many top players emerging. Sanath Jayasuriya who won the Outstation award while at St. Servatius College, Martara also went to lead the country.

The competition make the schoolboys something to look forward to while playing at school level. Some have found good employment opportunities due to their recognition gained through the contest and have launched their future career for their future.

The format of the contest has been changed this year with three divisions. ‘Platinum’ for schools playing in division one , ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ for schools taking part in division two and three in the SLSCA conducted tournaments. This gives a wide range for selections for outstation schools which will make the contest more interesting. (RA)



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