Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Nalin Perera said the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony has remained one of the most looked forward to events in the local sports calendar for the past four decades that has helped produce some of the most celebrated Sri Lanka cricketers since 1978. Perera, a veteran in Sri Lanka’s mobile communication industry and playing a leading role since its introduction to the country, has also been a great promoter of sports.
The game of cricket once dominated by boys, now has young lasses entering the fray. The awards night of the 40th Schoolboy Cricketer rewarded girls from three schools. It was a really memorable night for all. Pix: Shan Rupassara and Chintaka Kumarasinghe
Former Sri Lanka cricket captain and present chief ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle who was the first recipient of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1979 and 40 years later the chief guest at the 40th Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night held at Hilton Colombo on Tuesday passed on some key messages to three important stake holders who were present at the occasion.
Chief guest at the 40th Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night Ranjan Madugalle promised that he is prepared to attend the 50th awards night of this prestigious function even travelling on a turbo-charged wheel chair. Madugalle who was the first recipient of this contest in 1979 when he won the Schoolboy Cricketer award as the captain of Royal College recalled nostalgic moments during his speech that was well received by the packed audience at the Colombo Hilton Hotel on Tuesday.
The most prestigious Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricket Awards show will be aired on ITN television today (July 8) at 10.00 pm. The awards ceremony was held on July 3 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo where Trinity College player Hasitha Boyagoda won the main award that was presented by former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle.
Hasitha Boyagoda of Trinity College, Kandy receiving the Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year award from the first winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer in 1979, Chief ICC Match Referee and former Sri Lanka Test Captain Ranjan Madugalle who was the Chief Guest at the 40th Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Awards ceremony held at Colombo Hilton yesterday. Also in the picture are Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel Chairman P.G. Kumarasinghe, ANCL Director Editorial Chandrasiri Seneviratne, General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa, Senior General Manger Human Resources Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Mobitel Namal Rathnayake, President of Sri Lanka School Cricket Association Oshara Panditharatne and Editor in Chief Sunday Observer Dharisha Bastians. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
The Most Popular Observer – Mobitel Schoolboy cricketer of the year Sachin Silva of St Peters College, Bambalapitiya receiving the trophy from ANCL Director Uma Rajamanthri at the 40th Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year awards ceremony held at Colombo Hilton yesterday. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
40th Observer - Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Awards Ceremony will be held today at the Hilton Colombo Main Ballroom. Chief ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle will be the Chief Guest.
History will be repeated when the grand finale of the 40th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest will be held at the Grand Ballroom of Colombo Hilton on Tuesday, July 3. The first-ever recipient of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title at the inaugural show held exactly four decades ago, will add colour to this historic occasion as the chief guest. He is none other than the Chief Match Referee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Ranjan Madugalle.
St. Peter’s College all-rounder Sachin Silva will be one of the stars to pick up his trophy at the Sunday Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday July 3 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo. Silva may not be able to boast of anything stunningly spectacular or scientific on the field of play but he polled nearly 40,000 votes and was a clear winner when the voting ended last week for the Sunday Observer Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.