Sri Lankan cricketer in 35,000 feet exit drama

Ramith Rambukwella was apparently trying to find the toilet door on a British Airways flight, but attempted to open the cabin door exit instead due to dim lighting at aroundmidnight on 27 June. The 21-year-old left-handed all-rounder was a member of the Sri Lanka A squad returning home from the Caribbean to Gatwick Airport.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are investigating the incident.

?Team manager, Jayantha Seneviratne, has submitted a report to the chief executive and an inquiry will be performed by SLC’s anti-corruption manager with the results due by 12 July. If found to have acted improperly he may face disciplinary action.

His error was brought to his attention by other passengers and he was subsequently led to the right door.

Rambukwella’s apology was ‘accepted in good faith’ by passengers and cabin staff, while British Airways told the Daily Mail that they had informed passengers that it was impossible to open the pressurised door mid-flight so safety had not been compromised.

A fellow passenger said the incident was ‘pretty frightening’.

In March Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors, was forced to justify the selection of the son of Sri Lanka’s media and information minister in the national squad for a Twenty20 match against Bangladesh. His panel had attracted criticism in the local media.

“Ramith is a left-hand batsman who bowls right arm offspin, who can clear the boundaries and can hit hard,” Jayasuriya said. “He’s someone who can play Twenty20 cricket in the middle order, and you need players like that in this format. We’re bringing him on as a batting allrounder who can bowl offspin.”

Being the son of a man of influence can open doors, but best to leave them shut when you are over six-and-a-half miles in the air.

James Buttler

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