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2020
Most popular cricketers to be announced on Sunday
Daily News: 06.11.2020
Ranatunga family - (from left) son Dhyan, daughter-in-law Denushka, wife Samadara, Arjuna and daughter Thiyangie

The winners of the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year will be announced on Sunday (8). The last set of polling coupons were accepted until last Monday. The heavy polling in the first term had a temporary shutdown in the last week of March due to Covid-19 pandemic. But once it was overcome after a short break, the voting gathered its momentum again.

2020
School cricketer popularity under final test
Sunday Observer: 01.11.2020
Minhaj Jaleel of Thurstan College, Colombo received the Platinum Award for Best Batsman from Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga in 2014. Looking on at right is Senior Associate Editor of the Sunday Observer Dudley Jansz

Polling for the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year will end tomorrow after some strenuous last few weeks. The heavy polling in the first term had a temporary shut down in the last week of March due to Covid-19 pandemic. But once it was overcome after a short break, the voting gathered its momentum again.

2020
Ananda boy leads but surprises can spring
Sunday Observer: 25.10.2020
Hashan Tillekaratne
Only six days are away from determining the winner of the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer and Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer for 2020. The 42nd Obsever-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year 2020 is organized by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer and sponsored by the country’s national mobile service provider Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel.
 
The voting for the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer and Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer close on October 31, 2020. 
2020
Kings who won their crowns
Sunday Observer: 18.10.2020

Over the past 42 years, all top Sri Lanka cricketers have commended the exemplary role played by the Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. They lavishly praised the role played by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer in rewarding tomorrow’s cricketing stars.

2020
Fingers crossed but always a straight bat
Sunday Observer: 11.10.2020
FLASHBACK: Sadeera Samarawickrema of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo was awarded the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on October 15, 2014. Pic: Sulochana Gamage

The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year is likely to be postponed after the Covid-19 pandemic bounced back as the Brandix cluster produced more than 1,000 corona virus positive cases. About a week ago, Sri Lanka was gradually returning to normalcy with some 140 odd Covid-19 positive cases after the mid-March breakout of the deadly virus. Hence, the health authorities had given to green light for the Mega Show with the Colombo Municipal Council too granting its approval.

2020
Covid-19 put Mega Show on hold
Daily News: 08.10.2020
42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year

The unexpected developments in the country with the Covid-19 epidemic has forced us to postpone the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. Although we originally planned to host the 2020 Mega Show at the BMICH on November 18, it seems that we will be unable go ahead due the latest Covid-19 developments in the Brandix cluster.

Hence it is too early to take a decision on the date with more than a month to go, we have decided to closely monitor the developments and follow the Government regulations. On the other hand, we are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times.

2020
The show must and will go on
Sunday Observer: 04.10.2020
Chief Executive Officer of SLT Mobitel Nalin Perera (third from left) handing over the sponsorship of the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year to Director Legal and Administration Rakhitha Abeygunawardhana (fourth from left) while Manager Channel Publicity Chanaka Liyanage (extreme left), Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Observer Dinesh Weerawansa (second from left), ANCL General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa (second from right) and DGM Marketing Waruna Mallawaarachchi extreme right) look on

We are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times. After all, it is the country’s budding schoolboy cricketers who will be rewarded at the end after a strenuous season. But at the same time, it is sad that none of those copied school cricket award shows are taking place this year, making the Observer School Cricket Awards show the Mother of All Battles.

2020
A flame that burned through a virus
Sunday Observer: 27.09.2020
FLASHBACK: Double celebration for Royal College in 2011 as Bhanuka Rajapakse and Ramith Rambukwella emerged the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year

When the Covid-19 epidemic hit the world and we in Sri Lanka too had it from mid-March, none thought that the 42nd Obsevrer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year would ever be a reality this year. There were enough and more reasons to think so as everything in our day to day lives came to a complete standstill as the deadly coronavirus spread worldwide, bringing almost all human activities to a complete standstill.

2020
While others fall we stand for all
Sunday Observer: 20.09.2020
Former Sri Lanka paceman and Chairman of national selectors Ashantha de Mel was the head of the selection committee which picked the winners of the Observer-Mobitel contest along with the SLSCA and Umpire Association

The long-awaited 42nd Observer -Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year contests have been fixed to be held in mid-November, no sooner the GCE Advanced Level examination is over. The Mega Show has been planned to be held at the BMICH. Schoolboy and schoolgirl cricketers who will carry away the top awards were picked last Friday by officials of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and Cricket Umpires Association at a meeting at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

2020
Final countdown as the curtain awaits the standing list of nominees
Sunday Observer: 20.09.2020

The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer 2020 selections were finalised on Friday with the Panel of Judges headed by Ashantha de Mel former Sri Lanka cricketer and National Selection Committee Chairman. The Panel consisted of representatives from the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and Sri Lanka Umpires Association which went through a strenuous task in selecting the nominees for various categories based on performances in three Divisions during the past season.

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