Panic at 35,000 feet after ‘drunk’ SL ‘A’ player mistakes exit for lavatory

A member of the country’s ‘A’ team caused panic mid-air on a British Airways flight when he tried to open the exit door

Written by Press Trust Of India | Colombo | Published:July 3, 2013 1:48 am

A member of the country’s ‘A’ team caused panic mid-air on a British Airways flight when he tried to open the exit door. Media reports said opening batsman Ramith Rambukwella,21,son of a Lankan minister,was inebriated and tried to force his way through the exit door at 35,000ft,having apparently mistaken it for the lavatory.

The incident happened last Tuesday when the Sri Lanka A team was returning from their tour of the West Indies after playing two unofficial ‘Tests’,as many T20 internationals and three 50-over matches.

The Sri Lankan cricket board (SLC) later confirmed the incident but didn’t say that the player was drunk.

“The team has boarded the flight BA 2158 from Grenada. The incident took place around midnight during the flight. The player concerned namely Ramith Rambukwella had tried to use the toilet. Due to the dim lights in the cabin the player has mistakenly tried to open one of cabin doors thinking it was the toilet door,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement said.

Former Sri Lankan player Russel Arnold tweeted that the young cricketer had realised his mistake and apologised. “Rambukwella apologised to passengers immediately for his mistake caused due to dim light according to managers report…,” Arnold tweeted.

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