Sri Lanka news July 18, 2013

Rambukwella fined for flight incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A cricketer Ramith Rambukwella will be fined 50% of his tour fee after he caused mild panic on a flight by attempting to open the cabin door at 35,000 feet. Sri Lanka Cricket's executive committee has also asked the board chief to serve Rambukwella with a severe warning for his behaviour, an official release said.

The incident had occurred on a flight from St. Lucia to Gatwick airport in London, as the team returned from the tour of the West Indies. Eyewitnesses quoted by the Daily Mail had said Rambukwella appeared to be intoxicated, and wrestled with the cabin door for up to two minutes. Rambukwella, the son of Sri Lanka's mass media minister, said he had mistaken the cabin door for the lavatory, and suggested he had been half-asleep, which is what prompted the error.

After the incident was reported in the media, an initial report was submitted by the A team manager Jayantha Seneviratne, before an inquiry was launched by SLC's anti-corruption officer, though the incident is unrelated to his usual purview. Bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake is said to have been the primary witness, after several of Rambukwella's team-mates were unwilling to testify.

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  • Jay on July 19, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Chill out guys. I guess Aditya felt it had nothing to do with actual match facts or a bilateral series. Still, Cricinfo is all about cricket and cricketers. So, I think this article is genuine.

  • Mainul on July 18, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @777aditya, because it is about a cricketer, handed to by a cricket board and although gossipy in nature - fact.

  • udendra on July 18, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    I thought he was sleep-walking? If so cannot be punished. But seems he didn't. @777aditya: It's not gossip, it's facts!

  • Karthik on July 18, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @777aditya perhaps you did not understand the contents of the article. It is about a cricketer who attempted to open the cabin door of a flight while on international duty. What is the "gossipy" portion of this article? Please enlighten. If it was "gossipy" would they fined and reprimanded 50% of this tour fee? Imagine if he had done that in a US flight. The Air Marshals would have tazered him. This article serves as a good reminder to all t

  • Aditya on July 18, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    why are such gossipy kind of news published in cricinfo?!

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