Keep a date with your favourite school­boy crick­eter

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

As an­tic­i­pated the Most Pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions of the Di­a­log 4G-the Sun­day Times School­boy Crick­eter of the Year 2018 will of­fi­cially com­mence from Oc­to­ber 1. Be­gin­ning there, the com­pe­ti­tion will run for 26 long week­ends, along­side the on­go­ing Un­der-19 Schools Cricket Com­pe­ti­tion sea­son and come to an end by March 2018.

Coupons will be made avail­able for read­ers to vote for their favourite school­boy crick­eter from Oc­to­ber 1, first ap­pear­ing in the Sun­day Times. Coupons will con­tin­u­ously be pub­lished for 26 weeks in the English week­end, the Sun­day Times, English dailies Daily Mir­ror, Daily FT, Sin­hala dailies Lankadeepa and Ada. In ad­di­tion Di­a­log Ax­i­ata will open their web por­tal for sup­port­ers to vote for their favourite school­boy crick­eter. As last sea­son, there will be a dif­fer­ent method to fol­low the dig­i­tal process of vot­ing for the favourite school­boy crick­eter to make him the Most Pop­u­lar win­ner.

As usual school­boy crick­eters will come un­der dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, mainly All-Is­land and Emerg­ing. All schools com­pet­ing in the on­go­ing In­ter-School Di­vi­sion I tour­na­ment will be cat­e­gorised un­der the All-Is­land Schools while the re­main­ing schools, com­pet­ing un­der Di­vi­sion II and III cat­e­gories, will come un­der Emerg­ing Schools. In ad­di­tion the or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing to make new strides by in­tro­duc­ing more cat­e­gories in ad­di­tion to the main two. These will be an­nounced in due course.

As usual play­ers who have rep­re­sented their re­spec­tive school in First XI cricket and with a tally of 400 or above runs or 25 wick­ets or above in the last sea­son will be au­to­mat­i­cally el­i­gi­ble for the Di­a­log 4G-the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy Crick­eter of the Year 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the dig­i­tal vot­ing mech­a­nism the en­tire in­ter­face of the com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to reach an­other level. How­ever play­ers who wish to en­ter the fray will have to con­firm their par­tic­i­pa­tion by reg­is­ter­ing on­line with www. di­a­ Even school­boy crick­eters whose names are en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion by read­ers must reg­is­ter. Play­ers who reg­is­tered on­line will be of­fi­cially scru­ti­nised of their el­i­gi­bil­ity and en­tered to the on­line vot­ing mech­a­nism, while the cus­tom­ary vot­ing through coupons will be still on. The dates for reg­is­tra- tion and scru­ti­n­is­ing meth­ods will be no­ti­fied soon.

Both coupon votes and on­line votes will be counted on a weekly ba­sis and the of­fi­cial re­sults will be pub­lished every week be­gin­ning from Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, on the five news­pa­pers and its web­sites as well as of Di­a­log Ax­i­ata. The dead­line for on­line vot­ing will be Wed­nes­day noon while for coupons it will be Thurs­day noon, weekly.

At the same time read­ers who help the young crick­eters reach the helm this sea­son will also be re­warded on a weekly ba­sis. Di­a­log Ax­i­ata will be gen­er­ous in giv­ing out gifts to four lucky win­ners among the vot­ers, en­cour­ag­ing our read­ers to be more at­tached to the con­test as well as the fu­ture crick­et­ing tal­ents of Sri Lanka.

The whole of the 26-week-long pro­gramme of 2017 had a fit­ting end with the grand awards cer­e­mony held at the Nelum Pokuna The­atre on July 29, where Nipun Ran­sika of P. de S. Ku­laratne MV Am­balan­goda emerged the Di­a­log 4G-the Sun­day Times School­boy Crick­eter and La­sith Croosepulle of Maris Stella Col­lege Ne­gombo won the Di­a­log 4G-the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy Crick­eter of the Year.

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