The Sunday Observer continues to maintain its rich traditions as it celebrated its 84th anniversary last week. Sri Lanka's first ever award show for schoolboy cricketers, which has produced many champion Sri Lanka cricketers, is back in true spirit of the game to continue its role in fostering school cricket.
OBSERVER-MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER: Former Royal College Captain Bhanuka Rajapakse achieved the unique feat to join the elite band of schoolboy cricketers when he was judged The Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year for the second successive year (2010 and 2011) at a glittering ceremony held at the Hotel Galadari Ballroom amidst a distinguished gathering last Monday.
Observer-Mobitel Awards: Sri Lanka’s world beater Muttiah Muralitharan was chief guest and a welcome visitor on stage at Hotel Galadari Grand Ballroom for the awards ceremony of the Observer-Mobitel cricket show and his mere presence on stage brought rounds and rounds of applause last Monday night.
Come the award ceremony days of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the year, the name of Muttiah Muralitharan comes to mind in a flash. He is such a devoted cricketer that he never fails to think about his cricketing days at his old school – St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota.
Observer-Mobitel Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer with one more year to go at Moratu Vidyalaya, the winner of the Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Outstation 2011 Sanka Ramesh is expected to do better things next year as the captain of his school cricket team.
After an illustrious school cricket career at Ananda College,former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu has been appointed the batting coach for the Sri Lanka national cricket team.
Sanjeeva Ranatunga became the second to win the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest from the same family in 1988. Previously his elder brother Arjuna Ranatunga who captained the World Cup winning side in 1996 was crowned as Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the year 1980 and 1982 and made an indelible mark in the annals of Sri Lanka cricket.
Former Ananda College captain and present Test and ODI player Thilan Samaraweera feels that the zenith of a schoolboy cricketer is winning the Schoolboy Cricketer award or any other prize at this prestigious ceremony held annuall
There are many cricket contests by various establishments and much emphasis is laid on school cricket. The schoolboy cricketers who undoubtedly are the future Test players for the country, and having hit the top, they are on the brink of getting selected to the national side.