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2020
All set for 42nd Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketers of the Year
Sunday Observer: 18.04.2021

The stage is set for the 42nd Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketers of the Year 2020 at the BMICH on Tuesday, starting at 5.30 p.m. Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, fresh after his last month’s performance for Sri Lanka at the Legends World Cup final where he top scored for his team, will be the chief guest. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella will be the guest of honour.

2020
Boys and girls prepare to waltz on stage
Sunday Observer: 18.04.2021
Chief Guest, former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya

The Mother of all Cricket Shows – the 42nd Observer Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year 2020, which every award winner, their proud parents and fanatic supporters are eagerly awaiting, will finally be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo on Tuesday, starting at 5.30 p.m. Gracing school cricketers’ big day this year will be former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, fresh after his last month’s performance for Sri Lanka at the Legends World Cup final where he top scored for his team.

2020
Watch out for the spice girls
Sunday Observer: 18.04.2021

For years they were unheard of or played second fiddle to the boys feeding on the crumbs that fall off the table. Not many in Sri Lanka knew they even existed outside the scope of their brothers and parents from whom they were able to pick up a hint or two. Legend or history has it that it was a girl who even created the art of bowling in cricket when she realized her frock or gown was too cumbersome to send the ball down underarm that she turned her arm overhead thus inventing today’s bowling technique or style or whatever the pundits choose to call it.

2020
Mother of All Shows
Sunday Observer: 18.04.2021

There is no doubt that the Observer-Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year’ show conducted annually by the flagship English newspaper of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd is the most eagerly looked forward to award show awaited by the thousands of school cricketers annually. Once the inter-school cricket season starts, it is the thing for the cricketers to give of their best in every department of the game, garner votes and catch the attention of the panel elected to choose winners of the many awards by performing in all aspects.

2021
Final countdown gathers momentum
Sunday Observer: 11.04.2021
Ranjan Madugalle-Arjuna Ranatunga-Roshan Mahanama

The glittering array of eye catching trophies on display that the winners of the Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year Mega Show will be yearning and waiting impatiently to carry away for all the sweat and toil they shed to win awards during the inter-school cricket season will be the main focus come April 20. The trophies will remain with the winners for prosperity. It is not all cricketers who have the good fortune to win these rare awards. So the joy and happiness that the winners will enjoy grabbing these trophies and kissing them with smiles written on their faces will know no bounds.

2021
42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show on April 20
Sunday Observer: 04.04.2021

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, who once again came to the limelight by becoming the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in the Legends World Cup final recently, will be the chief guest at the 42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show at the BMICH, Colombo 7 on April 20 commencing at 5.30 p.m.

2021
Jayasuriya to toast the Show
Sunday Observer: 04.04.2021
Flashback: Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (Outstation) 1988, Sanath Jayasuriya of St. Servatius’ College, Matara receives the prestigious Award from the late Mrs Malini Bodinagoda, wife of then ANCL Chairman Ranapala Bodinagoda. Looking on at centre is the late compere Laddie Hettiarachchi

Former top award winner and the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in the recent veterans World Cup final, Sanath Jayasuriya will be the chief guest at the 42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show to be held at the BMICH, Colombo 7 on April 20 commencing at 5.30 p.m. The long postponed event on a couple of occasions due to the Covid-19 pandemic will finally be a reality. But this time, the heath authorities have given a firm guarantee to host the event, in keeping with strict guidelines.

2021
When Murali set the course
Sunday Observer: 28.03.2021
Flashback 30 years ago: Muttiah Muralidaran of St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota receiving the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1991 title from then Housing and Construction Minister, the late B. Sirisena Cooray watched by then Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Observer H.L.D. Mahindapala

A big focus on school cricket would naturally come as all schools in Sri Lanka will reopen from tomorrow. Although the schools in all other provinces had already started, schools in the Western Province were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But with the schools in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts finally starting from tomorrow, sports activities too will get a big boost. This will pave way for a larger interest on school cricket. Especially with the new inter-school season on after a lapse of one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be tremendous interest for the game.

2021
New beginning dawns for school cricketers
Sunday Observer: 21.03.2021
Former Sri Lanka opening batsman and ex-Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu who was adjudged the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1990

The inter-school under-19 limited over cricket tournament which began last week will take place with great enthusiasm as sports activities returned to schools after exactly one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The preliminary round league stage, where a team will play five first round league games in the one-day tournament will conclude on April 9, according to the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) Secretary JKAS Indrajith.

2020
April 20: The show will go on
Sunday Observer: 14.03.2021
Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1989 Kumara Dharmasena, now going great guns as an ICC Elite Panel umpire

The postponed 42nd Observer-SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year mega awards ceremony will be held on April 20.

The health authorities have given the green light to hold the Mega Show on April 20 and the organizers the Sunday Observer, together with the sponsors Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel are finalizing all arrangements for the big day.

A high profile meeting was held at Lake House last Tuesday, attended by the officials of the ANCL and Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, together with the event organizers.

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