Curtain rises on dream show for schoolboys
The much awaited and the much looked forward to show of the year for
schoolboys who will be rewarded for their performances during the
concluded cricket season, The Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year show will be staged for the 37th year at the Hotel
Galadari Main Ball Room on July 28 (Tuesday) at 5.30 pm.
Former Sri Lanka Test cricketer and renowned commentator Russel
Arnold will grace the occasion as chief guest
Forty six main awards will be at stake in four categories namely,
National, Platinum, Gold and Silver. The contest has recognised many top
class players who have represented the country at the highest level on
its journey which has lasted for over three decades.
The show is bound to be a toe-tapping, edge-of-the-seat one
interspersed with a variety of entertainment to have the recipients and
the audience spellbound.
The contest has seen four Test captains emerging from the system and
a galaxy of players who have represented the country at the highest
level. It is certain that the successful run of the contest will
continue and bring out more and more talented players for the future of
Sri Lanka cricket.
In the recent past in 2009 Dinesh Chandimal and in 2011 Niroshan
Dickwella from Trinity College, Kandy have written their names as the
last two players who have won Test ‘caps’ for the country.
The present ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle was the first to
win the coveted award in 1979 and Arjuna Ranatunga the 1996 World Cup
winning captain won it twice in 1980 and 1981. Thereafter Sanath
Jayasuriya won the Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award
while at St. Servatius College, Matara who subsequently created a
sensation at the 1996 World Cup and helped Sri Lanka to win it. He also
captained Sri Lanka.
Some of the other recipients are the present national coach Marvan
Atapattu who also led in Tests and ODIs, Roshan Mahanama who won the
contest in 1983/1984 and led the team in 1992 at Sharjah and Dinesh
Chandima in 2009 who was the captain of the ODI and T20 teams at
onetime. Looking back The Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year contest has
been in the forefront in giving youngsters the due recognition and the
confidence to forge ahead. It has been a stepping stone for their future
The Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year is selected by the
readers voting via coupons appearing in the English and Sinhala daily
news papers and the Sunday Observer. The selection of the other segments
National, Platinum, Gold and Silver is purely done on merit by the
umpires of the Association Of Cricket Umpires and officials from the Sri
Lanka Schools Cricket Association. The highest awards in the contest are
for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler, Best fielder, Best all- rounder ,
Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year and the runner-up. Besides the national
awards, there is also Platinum, Gold and Silver awards.