Ranjan Madugalle - Royal College,
Schoolboy Cricketer - 1979

 

 

 
Schoolboy Cricketer 2014 | News

Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.

 

Much awaited show on Tuesday

The much looked forward to moment in the school cricket calendar has finally arrived! The 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Galadari Hotel, Colombo on Tuesday (20), commencing from 5.30 pm.

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Sixteen days more for the grand finale

The final countdown has begun for the local school cricket's most looked-forward to awards night! The mega final of the 2016 Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year will be held in exactly 16 days' time, maintaining the high traditions of the country's first school cricket awards show.

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Cambrian Kusal Mendis won title in 2013

Yet another Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year top award winner has made Sri Lanka proud with a fighting century! It was just three years ago that an outstanding top order batsman from Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Kusal Mendis was adjudged the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2013 for his outstanding performance with the willow in the 2012/13 school season. The surname Mendis and the town of Moratuwa have been greatly associated with Sri Lanka cricket.

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World Cup winning team had six winners of contest

It was Sri Lanka’s World Cup victory in 1996 that made a revolution in local cricket and transformed the level of the game to a highly professional level. Beating Australia by seven wickets in the final played in Lahore on March 17, 1996 opened a new era in Sri Lanka cricket, taking the game to every corner of the country, generating tremendous public interest.

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Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show postponed

The 38th Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year show which was to be held on July 12th has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.  The new date will be notified in due course.

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The contest makes dreams come true

Every schoolboy cricketer has a common dream, right from the day they hold the bat or ball at junior under-13 level - to play for the national team one fine day! By the time they end their school career after their final year in first X1 team under-19 cricket, they will get one common signal about their destiny.

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Several winners have gained National honours

Several recent award winners of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest are currently playing for the Sri Lanka national team and Sri Lanka 'A' team. It is heartening to see the past Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer award winners going great guns for the Sri Lanka Cricket.

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Chandimal going great guns in England

Two notable achievements by former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year - Dinesh Chandimal and Thilan Samaraweera, were witnessed last week. Incidentally, both of them are proud products of Ananda College which has made a great contribution to Sri Lanka cricket by producing some sterling performances for the country at the highest level..

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16 days more for the Mega Show

The Countdown has begun for the moment thousands of schoolboy cricketers across the country have been dreaming of! It is just 16 days to go for the grand finale of the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony to be held in Colombo.

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38th Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer show: Stage set for the grand finale

The stage is set for the grand finale of the 38th episode of the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2016 at the Galadari Hotel Ball Room on July12th. The final selection of the players who have performed prominently during the last school cricket season and who are eligible to be recipients were selected by a distinguished panel comprising officials from the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, Sri Lanka Cricket and members from the Association Of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka. (ACUSL)

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Two-time winner points out:

No shortcuts to success-Roshan Mahanama

Former Sri Lanka captain and ICC Match Referee Roshan Mahanama urged schoolboy cricketers to work hard towards their targets in a disciplined manner, maintaining the high traditions of the game - instead of being "remote-controlled". In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer, the two-time winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award, said that schoolboy cricketers should be willing to make sacrifices and should not look for short cuts, if they are to progress further. "They need to have a target and willingness to work towards that, with dedication. There are no shortcuts," he said. Commenting on the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, Mahanama said it has always motivated schoolboy cricketers at the end of each season, recognizing their hard work. "These events motivated us as youngsters. It is always a great motivation when you know that your achievements are being recognized," he said.

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Who will take the prestigious title?

Who will be the proud recipient of the most prestigious crown in Sri Lanka school cricket? The answer to the question raised by many sports fans and cricket enthusiasts would be known in exactly a month's time when the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony takes place in Colombo.

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The year Chandimal won the title

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2009, Dinesh Chandimal has turned out to be the hope for the future, especially at a time Sri Lanka is desperately trying to fill the vacuum created in the national team after the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

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WHEN RELIABLE GURUSINHA WON THE TITLE

Asanka Gurusinha is one of the most reliable top order batsmen that Sri Lanka has ever produced. The Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1985 as a star cricketer from Nalanda College, transformed his cricketing career to a new elevation, inspiring him to make his Sri Lanka debut a few months later. But the most memorable moment in Gurusinha's illustrious career was that marvelous half century he made in the 1996 World Cup final against Australia in Lahore, Pakistan. Chasing Australia's modest total of 241 for 7 in 50 overs, Sri Lanka had got off to an inauspicious start when Gurusinha walked in to the middle, losing in-form opener Sanath Jayasuriya run out for nine runs.

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Unnecessary HAZZLE RUINS school cricket - Marvan Atapattu

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-national coach Marvan Atapattu said unnecessary competitiveness has destroyed the standard of Sri Lanka’s school cricket, which was once considered to be the best in the world with a well-knit tournament structure.

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Two-time winner of Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award speaks :

Authorities must pay more attention on school cricket - Arjuna Ranatunga

Sri Lanka’s world cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga cautioned on the poor standard of school cricket and said that the country’s cricket authorities must take immediate action to overcome the situation. Ranatunga, who has won the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award twice in 1980 and 1982, said the standard of local school cricket has dropped drastically, making a negative impact on the national pool.

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The contest has seen many national 'caps'

Who will win the prestigious Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2016 title The answer to the question, sought by thousands of schoolboy cricketers and their supporters, would be known in a few weeks' time when the mega awards ceremony will be held for the 38th successive year.

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The final race is on for coveted awards

The final ‘race’ for the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year is on with hundreds of outstanding schoolboy cricketers in the recently concluded 2015/16 first X1 season clashing for top honours under three categories – platinum, gold and silver!

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Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1988 (Outstation) speaks ;

School cricket needs complete overhaul - New Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya said that the country's school cricket structure, once considered to be the best in the world, needs a complete overhaul to meet today's challenges. The winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (Outstation) award in 1988, Jayasuriya who will be re-appointed as the Chairman of the National Cricket Selection Committee from May 1, said the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) should make a joint effort to uplift the standard of local school cricket.

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Lankan team only lacks experience - Former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Kumar Dharmasena

Observer Schoolboy Cricketer turned ICC elite panel international umpire Kumar Dharmasena does not see any crisis situation in the Sri Lanka national team. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer during his short visit to Colombo for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

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Hashan pays tribute to Observer and Mobitel contest

Former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne paid a tribute to Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel and the Sunday Observer for conducting the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony at the end of each school cricket season.

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Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title :

A lasting memory for Madugalle

The 2015/2016 Inter-school cricket season is gradually coming to an end with the completion of the traditional 'big matches' and the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) conducted limited over tournament for the most outstanding teams of the season.

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Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker won the award in 1991

Exactly a quarter century ago, the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest gave birth to a world champion. He eventually became the highest ever wicket-taker in Test cricket, establishing several other world records in international cricket.

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Observer/Mobitel cricket contest a source of inspiration - Sanath Jayasuriya

Celebrated Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya said that the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show has been a great source of encouragement to budding schoolboy cricketers, aspiring to step into the big league.

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The pathway that led to greatness

It is amazing to know the great achievements of the past Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketers in its 38-year-old cherished history. The mega show, now considered the 'Mother of all school cricket award shows', has produced six Sri Lanka captains, one World Cup-winning captain, a world record holder, two ICC Match Referees, one ICC Chief Match Referee, one ICC elite panel international umpire, a Sri Lanka national coach, a Chief Selector and many Sri Lanka cricketers.

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Chandimal stole the limelight, now the spotlight

The 2015/16 inter-school cricket season has reached its peak with the annual big matches. Following the Ananda-Nalanda and Josephian-Peterite encounters this weekend, the oldest inter-school match - the Battle of the Blues three-day encounter between Royal and S.Thomas' is due to commence at the SSC ground on Thursday.

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Memories that made the 'Mother of all Shows'

None even in their best of dreams would have thought that the then Royal College captain Ranjan Madugalle would go places in such grand fashion when he was adjudged the first-ever Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year some four decades ago.

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When Sumathipala and Madugalle stole the show

From the Galle Esplanade to the BMICH, and to five star hotel status, whatever the location it may be, the Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest has gone from strength to strength in recognizing young schoolboy cricket talent which has resulted in surfacing of future players.

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Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer contest gets underway

The undefeated nine year old partnership between the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) and Sri Lanka Telecom/ Mobitel will continue with the staging of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest for the 38th occasion as the sponsorship of the event was presented on Wednesday.

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SLT/Mobitel sponsor Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer for 9th occasion

Chief Operating Officer Sri Lanka/Telecom Mobitel Nalin Perera handing over a replica of the sponsorship pacakge to ANCL Director Finance Emerick Fernando. ANCL Director Editorial Saman Wagaarachchi and Communication Channel Manager (Telecom) Jude Silva are also in the picture.  Picture by Ruwan de Silva

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Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Observer should be complemented for keeping the show going for all these years. Sponsors are essential to keep the show going. May the show continue for many years to come.

In the past, most of the winners of the top awards came from Colombo and its suburbs, but now, the outstation schools have come in a big way and it is a positive sign for the game.

Ranjan Madugalle
ICC Chief Match Referee & Former Sri Lanka captain

 

It is the dream of any schoolboy cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award. It's great for the Sunday Observer in continuing the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest for the 31st year from 1979 to encourage the budding schoolboy cricketers. I was particularly happy to see that the Northern Province will join up with the others in the competitions at the contest.

I am happy at the improvement of outstation cricket as the game has spread far and wide in the country. Many Sri Lankan cricketing giants of the past and the present are those who have either won the prestigious and coveted Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award or one of the many awards presented at the contest.

Arjuna Ranatunga
World Cup winning Captain


What the past Greats' say.....


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