In 1997, two officers of Sri Lanka Police Department were invited to attend a special training program in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Priyantha Jayakody and Shani Abeysekara, two well-known police officers, participated in this training program conducted by the FBI.
The two Sri Lankan delegates landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal along with several guests from other countries.
There was a strange banner hanging among those who had come to welcome the delegates.
"We welcome guests from Sanath Jayasuriya's country,"
That was the reputation that Sri Lanka Cricket had earned by playing their own brand of Cricket.
Mr. Jayakody later wrote in his book "මේ ඒ කතා" that many Nepalese people he met during his training period had fondly inquired about Sanath Jayasuriya and Arjuna Ranatunga.
The two Sri Lankan delegates arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport to return home after completing their training saw the banner "We welcome guests from Sanath Jayasuriya's country" which was still fluttering in the wind.
Happy Birthday Sanath Jayasuriya !
- Kanchana Pitigala