Umpires will continue to support Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricket
CRICKET: Two key officials, Dilshan de Silva and Ignatious
Anandappa of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers Sri Lanka,
have been involved in the selection panel of the Observer-Mobitel
Schoolboy Cricket of the year Contest for a couple of years.
Here's what they have to say. The popular and prestigious Observer
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest which was inaugurated in 1979 by
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited has produced rich talent.
The contests should be continued for many years to come said Dilshan de
Silva, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and a Key
member of ACU-SSL.
Dishan said that he was very happy with the growth of school cricket
in the island. There are many outstation schools in the game now and
that shows. The game has got a firm footing in the island.
He said that the first winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of
the Year contest in 1979, Ranjan Madugalle has shown the world at large
that the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year is not anybody but
The ICC appointed Madugalle as the chief watch referee in their
august body and Madugalle has got the respect of all cricket playing
Dilshan further added that this contest has produced several Sri
Lanka players. In fact some have captained the Sri Lanka team. This
contest is also a tremendous boost for the schoolboy cricketers from the
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Observer should
be commended for organising the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year
Contest for 29 years said one of the experienced cricket umpires
School cricket is fast developing in the country and the outstation
schools are fast closing the gap on the Colombo Schools - Thanks to the
Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Contest.
The ANCL organised contest has catered to the schools in Colombo and
outstation towns as well and it has been well received.
The umpires are in a better position to spot players talent during
the school matches. Anandappa was of the view that hidden talent should
be spotted by the umpires.
The President of the ACU-SSL, Saman Amarasinghe has advised and
informed the umpires and also insisted them to spotlight special
performances of the Schoolboy Cricketers and to bring to his notice,
'It has been the cricket umpires who have decided on the winners from
the very first contest and they are undoubtedly the best judges of the
game,' said Anandappa.