OBSERVER-MOBITEL School Cricket contest on again
OBSERVER-MOBITEL CONTEST...... The ever popular Sunday
Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2014 contest is back
again. The voting for the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular
Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2014 competition will begin from next
Sunday (26 January) with coupons appearing in the Sunday Observer, Daily
News, Dinamina and Thinakaran as last year in three segments namely
Platinum,Gold and Silver. School cricket is conducted in three
divisions,namely division 1,2 and 3. In division one there are 36
schools, in division two there are 33 schools and in division 3 the
highest number of schools (151) covering almost all parts of the
The main awards such as The Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2013,
Best batsman, Best Bowler, Best Fielder ,and Best All-Rounder will
receive National awards in recognition for their efforts. Besides these
main awards Platinum, Gold and Silver awards will be presented to the
winners of Best batsman, Best Bowler, Best Fielder and Best All-rounder
in the three divisions.
There will be also team awards in all three categories and a special
award for the Best Behaved Team to maintain the highest level of
discipline which was introduced by former Sri Lanka captain and
presently the ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.
The identity of the contest will be maintained at the highest level
by retaining the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The
Year 2014 National Awards which be strictly on merit.
All schools playing in division 1,2 and 3 will be considered for
these awards under best batsman, best bowler, best all-rounder, best
The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year will be
picked by a special panel ,comprising umpires from the ACUSL, SLSCA
Officials, National Selectors.
The contest has won many accolades from past cricketers as they
consider it as a stepping stone to the young schoolboy cricketers. The
Schoolboy Cricketer contest which had many sponsors in the past first
began in 1978 which Ranjan Madugalle of Royal College won the contest in
two consecutive years.
It has produced many Test cricketers including Arjuna Ranatunga,
Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha, Roshan Jurangpathy, Sanjeeva
Ranatunga, Kumara Dharmasena, Marvan Atapattu, Muttiah Muralitharan to
name a few and the latest addition being the present Sri Lanka vice
captain Dinesh Chandimal who won the contest three years ago.
In the contest held last year, Kusal Mendis Of Prince Of Wales
College, Moratuwa won the National award of Schoolboy Cricketer Of The
year 2013 while Royalist Milan Abeysekera was voted the Most Popular
Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year.
Kusal Mendis is presently captaining the Sri Lanka under 19 team for
the U-19 World Cup to be held in UAE in February this year.