Dinesh Chandimal, Vice-Captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team, Angelo Mathews, Captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team, Mohan De Silva, Secretary – Sri Lanka Cricket, Harsha Samaranayake, General Manager – Brand and Media, Group Marketing, Dialog Axiata PLC and Ashley De Silva, CEO – Sri Lanka Cricket
The Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2016, the pinnacle of achievement on Sri Lanka’s domestic and international cricketing stage will take on the 21st of September at The Water’s Edge, Colombo. The gala ceremony will recognise the stars amongst ‘Our Lions’, and the accomplishments of our cricketers at domestic and international level.
As in previous years, the public will vote for the coveted ‘Dialog People’s Player of the Year’ award. All Sri Lankans can simply type DPPPlayer’s name and SMS to 2343 from any network to vote for their favourite cricketer, or log on to www.cricketawards.online to send in their votes. An album of nominees would also be available on Dialog’s Facebook page, and users could simply vote by adding a like under their stars. Voting will be open to the public from 12:00 noon onwards on the 24th of August to 12 midnight on the 20th of September, 2016.
The highlight of the evening will be the ‘Dialog Cricketer of the Year’ award, whilst accolades would be handed out in both Men’s and Women’s categories, for performances at domestic and international level. This would include the ‘Emerging Cricketer of the Year’ and for leading umpires in each panel. The domestic format would include awards for club cricketers, the Premier League and Premier League Limited Over Tournaments, Sara League, Under 23 and Men’s and Women’s divisions and the Donovan Andree tournaments.
Dialog Axiata, the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka cricket team, is privileged to once again power the cricket awards, as part of its effort to recognise and empower local talent from the grassroots to the national and international stage. Dialog is a long-standing and strategic partner of Sri Lanka Cricket, and is the proud sponsor the national team.
Speaking at the launch event, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, President of Sri Lanka Cricket said, “For the fourth consecutive year, Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards is gearing up in grand fashion to honour our stars of the year- both men and women. Around 65 national cricketers will be feted for their excellent performances on the field, displaying the true power of Sri Lanka during the domestic and international cricketing season 2015/2016. These individuals have indelibly etched their names in the record books of SLC, setting the stage for others to follow.”
Commenting further on Dialog’s association with Sri Lanka Cricket, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Amali Nanayakkara, added: “It is our pleasure and privilege to once again partner Sri Lanka Cricket for the annual Cricket Awards, as we recognise local talent across all levels of the game. Our sterling performances against the visiting Australians demonstrate the caliber of and talent of young cricketers waiting in the wings, and we are proud to empower these talents through programmes such
as the Cricket Awards”.