Over the past 42 years, all top Sri Lanka cricketers have commended the exemplary role played by the Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. They lavishly praised the role played by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer in rewarding tomorrow’s cricketing stars.
The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year is likely to be postponed after the Covid-19 pandemic bounced back as the Brandix cluster produced more than 1,000 corona virus positive cases. About a week ago, Sri Lanka was gradually returning to normalcy with some 140 odd Covid-19 positive cases after the mid-March breakout of the deadly virus. Hence, the health authorities had given to green light for the Mega Show with the Colombo Municipal Council too granting its approval.
The unexpected developments in the country with the Covid-19 epidemic has forced us to postpone the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. Although we originally planned to host the 2020 Mega Show at the BMICH on November 18, it seems that we will be unable go ahead due the latest Covid-19 developments in the Brandix cluster.
Hence it is too early to take a decision on the date with more than a month to go, we have decided to closely monitor the developments and follow the Government regulations. On the other hand, we are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times.
We are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times. After all, it is the country’s budding schoolboy cricketers who will be rewarded at the end after a strenuous season. But at the same time, it is sad that none of those copied school cricket award shows are taking place this year, making the Observer School Cricket Awards show the Mother of All Battles.
When the Covid-19 epidemic hit the world and we in Sri Lanka too had it from mid-March, none thought that the 42nd Obsevrer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year would ever be a reality this year. There were enough and more reasons to think so as everything in our day to day lives came to a complete standstill as the deadly coronavirus spread worldwide, bringing almost all human activities to a complete standstill.
The long-awaited 42nd Observer -Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year contests have been fixed to be held in mid-November, no sooner the GCE Advanced Level examination is over. The Mega Show has been planned to be held at the BMICH. Schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers who will carry away the top awards were picked last Friday by officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Cricket Umpires Association at a meeting at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo.
The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer 2020 selections were finalised on Friday with the Panel of Judges headed by Ashantha de Mel former Sri Lanka cricketer and National Selection Committee Chairman. The Panel consisted of representatives from the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and Sri Lanka Umpires Association which went through a strenuous task in selecting the nominees for various categories based on performances in three Divisions during the past season.
Friday (18) will be a red letter day for schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers as the officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Cricket Umpires Association will meet at Galadari Hotel, Colombo to pick the final winners of the 42nd Observer -Mobitel Schools Cricket show.
The organizers of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year have finalized the grand selection panel meeting for 2020 to be held within the next fortnight in Colombo. It will be held under the patronage of the top officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and the Umpires Association. The SLSCA delegation will be led by its energetic President Thilak Waththuhewa, Principal of Nalanda.
Yet another former Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year created history in Sri Lanka’s domestic Premier league as the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year is set to unveil next month. Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, who emerged the Obsever-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2009, was at his best last Wednesday, cracking an unbeaten 354 for Army Sports Club in their Premier League Tier ‘A’ match against Saracens SC at Katunayake.