Minister impressed with growth of school cricket
CRICKET: “I am thoroughly impressed in the manner the
Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year competition has been
organised. It was heartening to note that the competition had catered to
cricketers around the country. The young cricketers blossom out from the
schools and are prepared to accept the challenges from the outside world
of cricket.” So said Keheliya Rambukwella - Minister of Mass Media and
Information who was the chief guest at the 32nd Observer-Mobitel
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards presentation at the Bandaranaike
‘A’ Hall, BMICH on Monday evening.
The awards presentation show this year was quite different from the
ones held in former years as no speeches were made and Minister
Rambukwella whispered his thoughts to me.
He said that the contest organised by Sunday Observer and Mobitel
will encourage young cricketers to work harder for the greater glory of
the school they come from and also for the country.
This annual event with rich traditions recognises schoolboy
cricketers and teams from all parts of the island who have performed
with outstanding merit during the school cricket season.
Minister Rambukwella who is a keen follower of the game - in fact his
son Ramith will be captaining Royal College in the 2010-2011 season.
The Minister said that this contest over the years have unearthed
talent from all parts of the country. This contest has been a source of
inspiration to Sri Lanka’s budding schoolboy cricketers. There should be
more cricketers emerging from the encouragement given to them.
Minister Rambukwella said that there will be ups and downs in one’s
career but the cricketers must not get disheartened, but keep pegging at
the game and then success will eventually come.
The Minister commended ANCL-Sunday Observer together with the
sponsors SLT-Mobitel for organising the prestigious event and hoped that
the annual event will continue for many years to come.