Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year 2013 competition has caught up with interest with many cricketers in and around Moratuwa hitting the top. The name Mendis creates a lot of curiosity among the cricket crazy fraternity in the country. Yet another Mendis will be added to the cricketing clan from Moratuwa as The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Kusal Mendis who won the coveted award on Friday became only the second Cambrian to take away the award, with Sahan Wijeratne judged as the winner in 2002.
Many schoolboy cricketers believe that winning an award, irrespective the main award or otherwise, is an harbinger for their future cricketing endeavours. Having this thought in mind, a galaxy of youngsters who had excelled in the field of cricket during the last school cricket season will gather at the Galadari Hotel Ballroom on Friday, as they will be recognised and rewarded at the 35th edition of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Contest for their dedication at the end of a highly competitive cricket season.
Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya will grace the 35th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony at the Galadari Hotel on Friday from 5.30 p.m. It will be a fitting tribute to the legendary Sri Lanka cricket captain turned parliamentarian who will return to the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year stage, exactly 25 years since winning the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation title way back in 1988, representing St. Servatius College, Matara.
Master-blaster Sanath Jayasuriya - a former Sri Lanka skipper, has been very much a part and parcel of inter-school cricket in the country and he excelled in cricket while at St. Servatius College, Matara and was picked as Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Segment in 1988.
Muttiah Muralitharan born 17 April, 1972, is a Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002.He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July, 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Anura Tennekoon was full of praise for the Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show which is eagerly looked forward to by schoolboys and supporters alike.
The Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year competition has had deep roots in the sporting annals of this country and it was our sister paper the 'Daily News' that had somewhat of a 'kick-start' to this competition in the year 1956 when the contest was sponsored by Hemachandra Brothers.