Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82’ ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84’(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95’ ( Ananda) ‘Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter’s) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010’2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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..