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Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketer Awards tomorrow

SLT Mobitel and ANCL’s flagship Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Observer have teamed up again to reward the country’s outstanding school cricketers tomorrow.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to disrupt all events worldwide for almost two years, the Sunday Observer and its principal sponsor SLT Mobitel were extremely lucky to beat all overwhelming odds to host both the 2020 event and now the 2021 extravaganza.

Thus, the stage is set for the 43rd Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketer of the Year grand finale which will be held at the BMICH in Colombo on December 14 commencing from 5.30 p.m.

Gracing the gala awards ceremony as the distinguished Chief Guest is none other than the person who guided Sri Lanka to its most cherished moment in cricket, “Captain Cool” Arjuna Ranatunga. It was under his leadership that Sri Lanka beat Australia by seven wickets in the 1996 World Cup final played in Lahore, Pakistan on March 17, 1996.

Ranatunga is only the second winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year-in 1980 after Ranjan Madugalle and he is also the first-ever schoolboy to win the grand title twice.

As a tribute to Ranatunga and his world beating team, the highlights of the 1996 Cricket World Cup Final will be shown on a super giant screen to an audience of nearly 450 persons at the BMICH on Tuesday where the Mega Show will be conducted in accordance with strict Covid health guidelines, with only 25 per cent of the capacity.

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