Ranjan Madugalle - Royal College,
Schoolboy Cricketer - 1979






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 DLís office ANCL. Jude Silva (Senior Manager Channel Comunication SLT/Mobitel) on left and Waruna Mallawarachchi DGM Advertising  look on.


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 todayís Sunday Observer and will also appear in the Daily News, Dinamina and the Thinakaran ANCL publications.
This time the voting is a bit different from last year switching back to the old format of  (Divisions) namely Division one, two and three besides of the main National awards. The lucky winners among the readers too will be rewarded with prize money. SLT/Mobitel the largest network provider has joined hands with ANCL/ Sunday Observer for the 10th year in succession as sponsors which has kept the flames of the Show flickering and helped produce the bulk of the best cricketers who have represented the country at all levels.

First step to international stardom! 

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest has today become a dream event for schoolboy cricketers in the country whereby it not only encourages them to reach their sporting targets but also showcases their achievements in a way that no other off-field event can.

While all schoolboy cricketers can always look forward to staking their claims to be part of the Show and strive for recognition, the Sunday Observer and sponsor Mobitel have the obligation of ensuring that everything is made possible to create such a climate for endeavours of sporting excellence.  

The Schoolboy Cricketer contest helps sustain the momentum every year for this endeavour for excellence.

The Sunday Observer will always be the paper to highlight and take the message of school cricket forward and this is our message through the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.

Best of Luck to all Schoolboy Cricketers!

The Sunday Observer Sports Desk


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

What the past Greats' say.....

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