Winners to be picked on Tuesday:
National Selectors in Observer-Mobitel selection panel
Come, Tuesday the 24th of June 2014 will be a crucial day for the
schoolboy cricketers , as the panel of judges which includes
distinguished umpires from the Association Of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka
, a couple of National Selectors along with the President of the SLSCA
will sit together at the Galadari Hotel for the 36th occasion to pick
the best performers during the 2013/2014 school cricket season to reward
The selection will be done strictly on merit, taking into
consideration the performances of the players as to how they fared
during the season and more aspects like taking into consideration their
performances international level.
The main contest, the selection of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel
Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year has paved the way for many schoolboy
cricketers from the inception in 1978 when Royalist Ranjan Madugalle and
later Arjuna Ranatunga were crowned to glory. In the recent past, Dinesh
Chandimal (2009), Ramith Rambukwella (2011) and Niroshan Dickwella (
2012) found their way into the national team. Many schoolboy cricketers
are certain that winning an award in the prestigious competition is the
key for success for their future endeavors . It has been proved time and
again as going through the list of the recipients that it has produced
many captains and outstanding players (batsmen and bowlers)who have gone
to represent the country at the highest level.
The first contest of this nature was held in 1978 and the award
presentation was held at the Galle Esplanade. This was done mainly to
encourage more players from the outstation . That year Upul Sumathipala,
a schoolboy from Mahinda College, Galle won the Outstation Schoolboy
Cricketer Of The Year award. So it was a fitting finale to have it in
Galle. But since then the award ceremony was mainly confined to Colombo.
This contest has also provided opportunities for the schoolboy
cricketers from the rural areas. This year too, the panel of judges will
no doubt have a tough job in their hands while selecting the winners in
all three segments. There are many who have represented the schools
under 19 national team in two major tournaments, namely the Under 19
Asia Cup and the Under 19 World Cup, both held in the UAE and a couple
players made some good contributions, although the Lankans could not
make much of an impact at both tournaments.
Some of these players, although missing the school season due to
national commitment will surely be recognised. Many players have great
faith in the contest as the umpires who are in the selection panel have
been umpiring during the season and physically seen the players perform.
Likewise, the National Selectors who are also involved in the selection
process are keen followers of school cricket.