Ranjan Madugalle - Royal College,
Schoolboy Cricketer - 1979

 

 

 
Schoolboy Cricketer 2014 | News

STAGE SET FOR TUESDAY’S MEGA SHOW

Tuesday will be another red letter day in Sri Lanka’s first-ever school cricket awards show – the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year unveils its 39th edition at the Grand Ballroom of the Galadari Hotel,Colombo commencing from 5.30 p.m.

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SCHOOL CRICKET, SOME OF THE BEST MOMENTS IN MY SPORTS CAREER

ICC Chief Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle spoke and recalled his early days as a schoolboy cricketer as some the best moments in his cricketing life. In conversation with the Sunday Observer, the first-ever winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1979, said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his school cricket career at Royal College, Colombo.

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AFTER MADUGALLE, RANATUNGA, JAYASURIYA AND ATAPATTU... : CHANDIMAL, FIFTH PAST WINNER TO LEAD LANKA IN TESTS

Stylish middle order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, the 2009 Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year who was appointed the new Sri Lanka Test captain last week, is the fifth winner of the Mega Award to lead the Sri Lanka national team at the highest level.

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MANY SRI LANKAN STARS IN ELITE CLUB

The grand finale of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 will be held at Galadari Hotel, Colombo on July 25. As the Mega Show approaches, it will be interesting to have a look at the past winners of this prestigious title, which has unveiled many legendary Sri Lanka cricketers.

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MOST POPULAR CROWNS TO BE DECIDED IN A FORTNIGHT

The Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 would be known in exactly a fortnight’s time! Voting for the 39th Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, now being conducted under three divisions, will close on July 14.

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A MONTH MORE FOR THE MEGA SHOW!

It’s exactly a month away from this year’s Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Mega Show – Sri Lanka’s first-ever school cricket awards show, organized by the country’s flagship English newspaper Sunday Observer and sponsored by the national mobile service provider Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel.

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DICKWELLA AND MENDIS EXCEL AT CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Former Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award winners -Niroshan Dickwella (2012) and Kusal Mendis (2013) made their presence felt with three blistering innings for Sri Lanka at the ICC Champions trophy tournament which concludes in England today. Although Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the semi finals, Mendis and Dickwella come out with some explosive batting in Sri Lanka’s Group ‘B’ qualifiers. Mendis was the architect of Sri Lanka’s solitary win in the tournament. His excellent batting display of 89 off 93 balls with one six and 11 fours helped Sri Lanka humble the much fancied India by a convincing margin of seven wickets at Kennington Oval in London.

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PLAYERS SHORTLISTED FOR MEGA SHOW

The last day for voting for the Observer/ Mobitel Most popular Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Contest will be June 25th as the stage is set to conduct the 39th Schoolboy Cricket of the Year contest on July 25th at the Galadari Hotel Main Ball Room.The final selection of the winners were completed by a distinguished panel of cricket umpires of the Association Of Cricket Umpires in Sri Lanka and the names of the winners will be revealed soon.

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“WINNING AT ANY COST SHOULD NOT BE THE MOTTO”

Former Sri Lanka captain and ICC Match Referee Roshan Mahanama, the first to win the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year on successive occasions way back in 1984, is one of the greatest stars who had emerged through the Mega Show.

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‘THE MOST MEMORABLE IN A SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER’S LIFE’

It would be interesting to see how the three past Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy cricketer in the Sri Lanka squad fares at the ICC Champions Trophy tournament now in progress in England. Dinesh Chandimal (2009), Niroshan Dickwella (2012) and Kusal Mendis (2013), who have come to limelight through the Mega Show in recent times, will add more weight to the Lankan team at the eight-nation tournament.

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Past winners commend Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer contest

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, ever since its inception way back in 1979, has produced many top Sri Lanka cricketers who had made their mark in international cricket. That includes several legendary Sri Lanka cricketers including the world’s highest Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan, World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga and ICC’s Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle. The first ever recipient of the mega title - former Royal, NCC and Sri Lanka captain RANJAN MADUGALLE says that the Lake House and the Sunday Observer should be complemented for keeping the show going for all these years.

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CONTEST THAT PRODUCED THE BEST

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest, ever since its inception way back in 1979, has produced many top Sri Lanka cricketers who had made their mark in international cricket. That include several legendary Sri Lanka cricketers including the world’s highest Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan, World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga and ICC’s Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.

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SIX PAST WINNERS CAPTAINED SRI LANKA

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has produced a galaxy of stars in international cricket, including several legendary Sri Lanka cricketers including the world’s highest Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan.

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Three former Schoolboy Cricketers in Champions' League squad

Since the beginning of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest way back in 1979, many of its award winners have made it to the Sri Lanka national team, beginning with Ranjan Madugalle and Arjuna Ranatunga. The latest in the ever-growing list are three past winners of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year main title who have been included in the 15-member Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Champions trophy tournament which begins in England on June 1.

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DINESH CHANDIMAL (2009), NIROSHAN DICKWELLA (2012) AND KUSAL MENDIS (2013): THREE PAST WINNERS IN SRI LANKA SQUAD TO CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Three past winners of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year main title are among the 15 national players who have been included in the 15-member Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Champions trophy tournament which begins in England on June 1.The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year stars who will add power to the Lankan squad for the eight-nation tournament are former Sri Lanka T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal, wicket-keeper batsmen Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis.

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WINNING ANY AWARD AT THE MEGA SHOW, DREAM OF EVERY SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER : IT WAS A GREAT FEELING - SANATH JAYASURIYA

Chairman of Selectors and former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya said that the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has been a great source of encouragement to budding schoolboy cricketers, who dream of a place in the national team.Recalling the golden moment in his school career at St. Servatius College, Matara, Jayasuriya said it was hard to express the great feelings he had had after winning the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation title in 1988.

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Winning Schoolboy cricketer award passport to national honours - Atapattu

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Sri Lanka national coach Marvan Atapattu said that he considers the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1990 as a ‘certification or a guarantee’ that he would play for Sri Lanka. “When I had been performing well and scoring constantly for Ananda as a schoolboy cricketer, many considered me as a future Sri Lanka prospect. Although I too had felt that I had a chance, there was no guarantee,” he said.

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SCHOOLS INTERESTED ONLY IN WINNING MATCHES, NOT PRODUCING QUALITY PLAYERS - ATAPATTU

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Sri Lanka national coach Marvan Atapattu said that he considers the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1990 as a ‘certification or a guarantee’ that he would play for Sri Lanka.“When I had been performing well and scoring constantly for Ananda as a schoolboy cricketer, many considered me as a future Sri Lanka prospect. Although I too had felt that I had a chance, there was no guarantee,” he said.

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THEY WENT ON TO PLAY FOR SRI LANKA WITH DISTINCTION: BOUQUETS FROM FORMER TOP AWARD WINNERS

Some of the top international cricketers produced by Sri Lanka, all top award winners of yesteryear, have commended the role played by the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest to promote school cricket during the past four decades.

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First big break for many cricketing legends

Top former Sri Lanka cricketers such as Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Dharmasena and Thilan Samaraweera, to name a few, and even present vice captain of the national team Dinesh Chandimal, had stepped into the international arena through one common platform – the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.

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SRI LANKA CRICKET ON RIGHT DIRECTION UNDER SUMATHIPALA: SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER TITLE MADE ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF - GURUSINHA

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and current Cricket Manager of the Sri Lanka national team, Asanka Gurusinha said the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1985 was the turning point in his cricket career.In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer, the 50-year-old ex-Sri Lanka world cup star said the year 1985 turned out to be a memorable year for him after winning the most sought-after title in school cricket. “When Roshan Mahnama won this award twice in 1983 and 1984, I felt how prestigious it is to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award.

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ICC Elite Panel Umpire Dharmasena commends Lake House

Ex-Sri Lanka all-rounder and present ICC Elite Panel Umpire Kumara Dharmasena commended the role played by Lake House to promote school cricket and said that the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1989 was an inspiration for him to become an international cricketer. As a promising schoolboy cricketer from Nalanda, Dharmasena had three extraordinary seasons filled with runs and wickets to emerge runner up in the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contests in 1988 and 1990, apart from the main title he won in between (1989). He was the runner up to Sanjeewa Ranatunga (1988) and Marvan Ataoattu (1990) in the main Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.

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THE VERY TITLE INSPIRED ME TO GO PLACES - DHARMASENA

Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned ICC Elite Panel Umpire, Kumar Dharmasena said the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title he won in 1989 inspired him to excel in the international arena.“It was one of the greatest moments in my career as a cricketer. Winning the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title was a big inspiration. That helped and encouraged me to play for Sri Lanka,” Dharmasena said.

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ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY: 1995-1996 SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER : SAMARAWEERA BANGLADESH BATTING CONSULTANT

Producing champions and world class cricketers is nothing new for the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year series since its inception way back in 1979. It has even produced Chief ICC Match Referee, another ICC Match Referee and an ICC elite panel umpire.

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2009 SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER : DINESH CHANDIMAL SCORES HIS ‘BEST TEST CENTURY’

It is heartening to see two former Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award winners – Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis making Sri Lanka proud with two blistering centuries in the back to back Tests in the current home series against Bangladesh.First it was former Cambrian cricketer Mendis, the winner of the prestigious Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in 2013 who anchored Sri Lanka batting when Sri Lanka won the first Test against Bangladesh by 256 runs in Galle. Mendis had a marathon knock of 194 but narrowly missed a double century when he unsuccessfully attempted to signal it with a six.

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2013 SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER : MENDIS’ MARATHON TEST INNINGS OF 194

The number three batting position is a vital link to any cricket team. When it comes to a national team, it is even more important as it could eventually carry the hope of a nation.In the 1990s, it was 1985 Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Asanka Gurusinha who shouldered this great responsibility and provided that much needed stability and reliability to the Sri Lanka team.

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Another Observer Schoolboy Cricketer secures key cricket position

A former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award winner is on duty with the Sri Lanka team at the first Test against Bangladesh now being played in Galle.  He is none other than former Sri Lanka batsman and the winner of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in 1985 Asanka Gurusinha who was recently appointed as cricket manager of the Sri Lanka team.

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MANY MADE THEIR MARK IN THE WORLD ARENA

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year series has produced many Sri Lanka cricketers who made their mark in the international arena in a big way. Besides those legendary cricketers in world cricket, several past recipients of the prestigious award had played many other leading roles for the great game.

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HEAT IS ON FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS TITLES

The 2017 ‘Big Match’ season is around the corner as school cricket becomes cynosure of all eyes during the month of March. With the traditional inter-school matches for 2017 due to commence from next week, the heat is on for the prestigious Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year titles.

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CONTEST HAS ENHANCED YOUNGSTERS

The prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Mega Awards ceremony has gone from strength to strength, since its inception way back in 1979. It has taken a giant leap forward especially during the last decade, largely due to the financial backing of the Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel. The SLT Mobitel’s alliance with the country’s first-ever school cricket award show has made the outstanding schoolboy cricketers the ultimate winners. Thanks to the SLT Mobitel’s sponsorship since 2008, the standard of the show has been elevated to greater levels with high-quality glittering trophies to higher prize money.

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SUNDAY OBSERVER/MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER CONTEST 2017 :

A STEPPING STONE FOR YOUNGSTERS

Sri Lanka’s first and the most prestigious school cricket award show will be held for the 39th consecutive year, continuing the rich traditions maintained by the country’s flagship English newspaper, the Sunday Observer. Voting for the most popular segments of the 39th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest commenced last week as the 2016/17 inter-school first X1 cricket season gradually reaches its peak.

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SUNDAY OBSERVER/ MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

SLT/ Mobitel sponsored the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of The Year contest for the 10th consecutive year . In the picture Nalin Perera ( COO SLT/ Mobitel ) handing over the sponsorship package to Sirimevan Dias ( Director Legal ANCL) at the DL’s office ANCL. Jude Silva (Senior Manager Channel Comunication SLT/Mobitel) on left and Waruna Mallawarachchi DGM Advertising look on.

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39TH SUNDAY OBSERVER SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR CONTEST :

SLT-MOBITEL SPONSORS FOR THE 10TH YEAR

The race is on, and the schoolboy cricketers will be all eagerly waiting for the commencement of the 39th edition of the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year competition that will begin soon as the coupons are already published in today’s Sunday Observer and will also appear in the Daily News, Dinamina and the Thinakaran ANCL publications.

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Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Observer should be complemented for keeping the show going for all these years. Sponsors are essential to keep the show going. May the show continue for many years to come.

In the past, most of the winners of the top awards came from Colombo and its suburbs, but now, the outstation schools have come in a big way and it is a positive sign for the game.

Ranjan Madugalle
ICC Chief Match Referee & Former Sri Lanka captain

 

It is the dream of any schoolboy cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award. It's great for the Sunday Observer in continuing the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest for the 31st year from 1979 to encourage the budding schoolboy cricketers. I was particularly happy to see that the Northern Province will join up with the others in the competitions at the contest.

I am happy at the improvement of outstation cricket as the game has spread far and wide in the country. Many Sri Lankan cricketing giants of the past and the present are those who have either won the prestigious and coveted Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award or one of the many awards presented at the contest.

Arjuna Ranatunga
World Cup winning Captain


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