The grandest of all shows dedicated for the schoolboy cricketers of Sri Lanka, the 33rd Bata-the Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2012 show will be staged at the Musaeaus College Auditorium in Colombo today.
This year the event will be graced by none other that former S. Thomas’ skipper, Sri Lanka cricket captain and Sri Lanka team manager Michael Tissera as the chief guest.
Tissera who turned a new page in Sri Lanka cricket by leading the country to its first unofficial Test victory over Pakistan in 1964 played three One Day Internationals in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. He first appeared for S. Thomas’ College in 1954 at the age of 14 as a right-hand batsman and a right-arm leg-spinner. He then went on to captain the S. Thomas’ cricket team and led his team in successive years, 1957 and 1958 against Royal College in ‘The Battle of the Blues’ encounter. Tissera managed the Sri Lanka cricket team between 2005 and 2007.
In addition to Tissera, Chairman of Schoolboy Cricketer Selection Committee Jayantha Seneviratne, former Test crickets Brendon Kuruppu and Asoka de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket’s school cricket development in-charge Carlton Bernadus and last year’s Schoolboy Cricketer Bhanuka Rajapaksa will grace the occasion as guests of honour. Among other who will grace the occasion will be officials of Bata headed by its CEO Vikash Anand and officials from Wijeya Newspapers.
Come Friday will be an unforgettable day for the Bata-the Sunday Times Schoolboy All-Island Cricketer of the Year to be crowned, Niroshan Dikwella and all-rounder Tharindu Kaushal, the Emerging Schoolboy Cricketer for 2012 and other recipients lined up to be awarded