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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
38th Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer show: Stage set for the
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1988 (Outstation)
School cricket needs complete overhaul - New Chairman of Selectors
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
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
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.
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.
Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker won the award in
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.
Observer/Mobitel cricket contest a source of inspiration - Sanath
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
The pathway that led to
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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