The re-opening of schools from early next month in four stages after three months of inactivity due to the Covid-19 epidemic was the most enjoyable news for school cricketers. With the national squad beginning their training last week and the schools to re-opening after about three months in stages, sports too especially cricket will commence gradually.
Dawn of June has brought fresh hope for everybody around the world, especially after over three months of agony due to the Covid-19 epidemic. It seems the deadly coronavirus is going to stay with us for some for time, at least till the world finds a vaccination to counter it. Hence, all human activities would gradually commence following health guidelines.
Sri Lanka is one of the least effected countries to gradually begin to get back to normal life after the Covid-19 epidemic. As Sri Lanka attempts to begin its normal life from last Tuesday, especially after a 66-day continuous curfew in the Colombo and Gampaha districts, other activities such as sports would also be activated in the weeks to come.
The deadly Covid-19 pandemic seems to be slowly but steadily fading away and people’s lifestyles, which came to an almost standstill, is just beginning to restart. With the commencement of the people’s day-to-day work, some people have even begun their physical training. Even during the corona lock down, the highly interested sports-minded people used their backyards to do some light workouts.
The Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year recommenced last week after the unexpected breakdown due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Slowly but surely, the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year contest is gathering momentum and it will reach its peak of the Most Popular contest when the schools are expected to reopen later next month.
After two months of an unexpected break due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the much-looked forward to Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year 2020 contests resume today with fresh hopes. With the continuous curfew in the Western Province and Puttalam district being relaxed along with other parts of the country from tomorrow, the voting for the most popular schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers of the year will recommence from this week.
Former Sri Lanka batsman and Ananda College consultant coach Sanjeeva Ranatunga has implemented a comprehensive work plan to train their schoolboys during the Covid-19 epidemic. In an exclusive interview with the ‘Sunday Observer’, Sanjeeva, a younger brother of Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, said he has set a novel plan in motion to train Ananda cricketers in their homes during the preset lockdown period.
School cricket fever has dropped as the focus worldwide has been centered on finding a cure for the Covid-19 epidemic. But the sooner we overcome the coronavirus crisis, the big question in sports would be as to who the top winners of the recently concluded inter-school cricket season are.
The prevailing Covid-19 epidemic continues to confine the masses to their homes, not only in Sri Lanka but in almost all other countries. The Coronavirus brought activities in most parts of the world to a standstill. When it came to sports, all sports activities were either cancelled or postponed and well over one hundred and fifty thousand lives have been lost so far.
Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya says that it is important for cricketers to maintain their training schedules while being at home due to the coronavirus pandemic while at the same time called on school cricket guardians to take stock of where the youth game is today.