Gayan and Nilam turned as one of the inevitable faces of the island nation cricket. Travelling every corner of the earth, they cheered and backed for their team on and off the field.
As the tri-nation series comprised of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe is knocking at the door, Gayan and Nilam applied for Bangladeshi visas. Unfortunately unavailability of an ‘invitation letter’ pushed both of them towards visa complications.
Knowing the incident, Bangladesh Cricket Supporters’ Association sent an invitation letter for them which ultimately let them to acquire the Bangladeshi visa.
The well-known faces of Sri Lankan cricket have ushered heartfelt thanks to BCSA for their initiative.
Pleased to make the effort successful for Gayan and Nilam, BCSA President Mr. Zunaid Paiker said, “Bangladesh is always a safe place for cricket. In all the previous occasions, not only cricketers but supporters came from the respective countries travelled and enjoyed cricket safely in our country. We are happy to hand a supportive role for Sri Lankan iconic cricket fans.”
It is, however, not the first initiative of BCSA for bridging the gap between cricketers and supporters.
In 2014, BCSA stepped forward to solve the visa troubles of iconic Indian fan Sudhir Kumar Gautam.
In the same year, BCSA arranged a grand reception for supporters of Asian Test playing nations where besides Gayan Senanayake, Mohammad Nilam and Sudhir Kumar, Bangladeshi iconic cricket fan Shoaib Ali was also present in the occasion.