The link between the Sunday Observer and the Sri Lanka School Cricket Association along with the sponsors have something unique when it comes to the development of the game in the country. This combination has helped the young immensely, not only where cricket is concerned, but in their day to day life.
Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer show. The Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year is a trusted and proven show as almost 90% of the winners of either the main award or sectional awards have gone to represent the country at the highest level. It is a big boon to any aspiring cricketer. These sentiments were expressed by former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Naveed Nawaz who won the award in 1993.
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Jayantha Seneviratne was full of praise for the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Show. The contest has spanned over three decades and thereby given young school talent all the encouragement it needs to go forward.
Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year competition gathered momentum from early days and is now a well-established competition. In 1985, Shane Fernando was the Outstation Schoolboy cricketer who former Sri Lanka “one drop” bat Asanka Gurusinha now domiciled in Australia, became the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (All Island).
Observer-Mobitel Selections: After a lot of deliberation, a panel of twelve officials connected to the school cricket fraternity, selected the award winners at the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year 2011 final selection.
Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer: Kumara Dharmasena, the 1989 Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year has been a prominent figure in the contest during his school going days at Nalanda College. He, not only became the 1989 Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, he was also the runner-up for the main award the previous year (1988) that was not all.
The yester year (1988) Sunday Observer Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya who hails from St. Servatius’ College, Matara, will bid adieu to rigours of International Cricket with just 2 days away from celebrating his 42nd birthday while in action in England.
OBSERVER - MOBITEL: The encouragement given by the parents and the school was the key to success of the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2011 Keshan Gamage.
Last year’s Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and former Royal captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa once again lived out to expectations by making a marathon knock of 149 runs for Sri Lanka Under-19 in the first youth Test against the touring England Under-19 team now in progress at Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka’s first-ever schools cricket awards ceremony which has been recognising young talent for over three decades is on once again. The 33rd Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest will be launched once again with the dawn of the New Year.