Death of a legend and Mahanama’s rise to stardom-by BY DINESH WEERAWANSA Roshan Mahanama when he first won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer title in 1983-Roshan Mahanama at his recent book launch Source:Sundayobserver When I was writing my weekly column on the Observer-SLT School Cricketers, there came the shocking news – the death of a sports news legend. It was saddening to learn of the death of former Deputy Editor and long-standing Sports Editor of the Sunday Observer A. C. De Silva, a well-known Thomian and former water polo referee. He was the Sports Editor of the Sunday Observer even at the time I began my journalistic career exactly 35 years on April 16, 1987. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 80. He played a leading role in the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer since its inception in1979. His remains lie at AF Raymond Funeral parlour from this evening and ...

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Dickwella, Gunathilake and Mendis given a pardon, permitted to play in domestic cricket- Lanka Premier League to commence on 5th December  By sunil Thenabadu (sports editor-eLanka) Banned Sri Lanka cricketers  for misconduct for breaking the Bio-Bubble while touring England with SL team Niroshan Dickwella, Dhanushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis in June this year have got a reprieve  before their one year ban period expired have been granted permission to play in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) that will have top players both overseas and local in action when it begins on December 5 in Sri Lanka.  The three players were banned from both international and domestic cricket and fined Rs.10 million each at a time they were also involved in a pay dispute with Sri Lanka Cricket.  The squads:  Jaffna Kings: Faf du Plessis, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Chaturanga de Silva, ...

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Presley Polonnowita – an outstanding cricketer from Kurunegala Presley Polonnowita Presley Polonnowita, former Observer Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and the runner up of the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation, is an outstanding cricketer produced from Kurunegala. Ex-BRC captain Polonnowita, who is going great guns in Dubai, would have definitely become the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and also take the Best All-rounder award for outstations in 1988, if not for Sanath Jayasuriya of St. Servatius’ College, Matara deservingly marching towards both feats. Former St. Anne’s College Kurunegala, cricketer Polonnowita, had to be content with the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation runner up in 1988. But as in 1987 when it was Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Rohan Weerakkody, Polonnowita too was called to the 1989 victory podium five times. ...

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Calls for Sri Lanka to build new Test team Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lankan fielders give South African century maker Faf du Plessis a congratulatory walk-back after they waited till he made 199 and lose his wicket in the first cricket Test last week There has been calls for Sri Lanka to build a new Test team starting with this month’s home series against England keeping aside the outcome of the series which is just short term and not long term unlike the country’s future on the international scene, analysts and followers of the sport say. They said that Sri Lanka has already found two players for the future in middle order batsman Dasun Shanaka who made an unbeaten half century after being recalled and spin bowler Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva who took four scalps and made a half century on debut against South Africa in the first Test that the team ...

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