Mobitel ‘SMART connection’ to Observer Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year contest:
Sri Lanka Cricket steps in to grant national recognition
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has come forward to provide that ‘Smart
connection’ to the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest,
conducted by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited.
As the much sought-after event in the schools cricket arena
celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, our Sunday English newspaper
- the Sunday Observer would join hands with Sri Lanka’s fastest growing
mobile telephone network - Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, to present an
event on a grand scale. The ‘connection’ with Mobitel would ‘broadband’
the schoolboy cricketer of the year contest.
Unlike in the previous years, the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year 2008 would have greater recognition on a national
scale as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) too has come forward to add more weight
to the event that has been going great guns for the past 30 years.
Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, Arjuna Ranatunga was a happy man to see
the schoolboy cricketer of the year show going from strength to
Ranatunga is no stranger to the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the
Year contest, having won the school cricket plum twice - in 1980 and
1982, for his outstanding contribution as a versatile schoolboy
cricketer from Ananda.
The SLC chief said it would be the dream of any schoolboy cricketer
to be crowned the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the year.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain said the SLC would support the
Sunday Observer and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL)
in their endeavour to promote school cricket, giving the due recognition
and appreciation for tomorrow’s cricketing heroes.
Apart from the new SLC association, the contest will have the usual
backing of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and the Sri
Lanka Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.
The organisers plan to get two advisory committee members from the
Sri Lanka Cricket Players Association, in addition to the special
representative from the SLC - former Sri Lanka Test leg spinner D.S. de
Silva, who oversees school cricket for SLC.
Chief Marketing Officer of the Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Nalin
Perera said they are glad to be a partner of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most
respected schools awards show.
“The credibility of the show and the pride it had generated over the
years prompted us to step in. This was the show even during our school
days and it is an honour for any cricketer to win this prestigious
award,” he said.
“We are glad to be a part of the contest, which is an inspiration,
motivation and recognition for our budding cricketers. Mobitel is happy
to join a venture that has been promoting school cricket in a big way,”
General Manager of the ANCL, Abhaya Amaradasa said they were not
merely looking for a sponsor but a good corporate citizen on a long-term
basis to boost the show on a national scale.
“All our corporate social responsible projects such as Sarasaviya
Film Festival, Tour de Lanka, Ama Dahara Vesak Zone and Mihintale Poson
Aaloka Pooja have been of national scale. I am glad to see Mobitel
stepping to be a part of Sri Lanka’s oldest cricket awards show,” he
As usual, the Most Popular Cricketer All-Island contest and
Outstation contest would be picked by readers voting through coupons to
be appeared in the Sunday Observer, Daily News, Dinamina, Thinakaran and
‘Kreeda’ newspapers from next Sunday (March 10).
Voting coupons would appear in the Daily News twice a week ,
commencing from March 12. Three lucky winners selected from the voters’
on a weekly basis, would be presented with special gift packs and
Mobitel SMART pre-paid mobile connection from Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel.
The new sponsor of the show - SLT Mobitel has opened a new chapter in
the contest’s three-decade old history by introducing a special segment
- the Most Popular school cricket team - All-Island and Outstation
contest, in which the winners would be picked through Short Message
Service (SMS) and Internet Voting.
However, the rich traditions of the contest would be continued as all
other winners, including the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the
Year, Best Batsman, Best Bowler, Best All-rounder and the Best Team (All
Island and Outstation) would be picked by a special panel of judges,
which includes the umpires, schools association officials and reputed
former Sri Lanka cricketers.
Besides the main awards presentation scheduled for August, the
Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest would also have
two regional events in Central and Southern Provinces. Schoolboy
cricketers from the two provinces would also be felicitated at the two
regional events, which have been introduced for the first time, which
leads to the mega event at the BMICH.
The popular school cricket awards show has been the stepping stone
for outstanding schoolboy cricketers to the big arena. Former Sri Lanka
Test players - Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Asanka Gurusinha,
Roshan Mahanama, Marvan Atapattu and the world’s highest wicket taker in
Test cricket - Muttiah Muralitharan are amongst the schoolboy cricketer
of the year award winners during its 30-year-old history.
Voting for the most popular segment of the 30th OBSERVER-MOBITEL
SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR CONTEST would begin tomorrow. Voting
coupons would appear in the Daily News, Sunday Observer, Dinamina,
Thinakaran and Kreeda publications of the ANCL from tomorrow. It’s your
turn to identify tomorrow’s cricketing heroes and vote for them!