Rambukwella arrested on assault and drunk driving charges

Ramith Rambukwella picked up his maiden T20 wicket AFP

Sri Lanka cricketer Ramith Rambukwella has been arrested on charges of assault and drunk driving on Friday night. It is alleged that the assault was made on two university students.

The media wing of the Sri Lanka Police confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the arrest had been made on Nawala Road in Colombo, and that Rambukwella will be produced in the Aluthkade Magistrate court on Saturday.

This is Rambukwella's second arrest in 18 months, after having been taken into custody following a car accident - also in Colombo - in September 2016. He had also previously been involved in a bizarre incident in July 2013, when on the way back from the Caribbean with the Sri Lanka A team, he caused mild panic on a flight by attempting to open the aircraft's cabin door at 35,000 feet. Rambukwella has a history of disciplinary problems dating back to his time with the Sri Lanka Under-19 side.

Sri Lanka Cricket officials had not been fully briefed on the circumstances of Rambukwella's latest arrest, but at least one official said that if the charges against him were true, the board would hand out its own punishment.

Rambukwella played two T20Is for Sri Lanka, the most recent of which was in July 2016. He is active in domestic cricket, having played for Tamil Union in the club-based T20 tournament over the past few weeks.