Sri Lankan cricketer Ramith Rambukwella arrested in Colombo

This is not the first time the cricketer has got himself in trouble.

Ramith Rambukwella
Ramith Rambukwella of Sri Lanka. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

26-year-old Sri Lankan cricket Ramith Rambukwella has been arrested by the Colombo police. The charges against him are assault and drunk driving that reportedly happened on Friday night (March 9). He allegedly assaulted two university students with a firearm.

Ramith was arrested on the Nawala Road in Colombo and will be produced before the Aluthkade Magistrate court on March 10. ESPNcricinfo confirmed the same with the media wing of the Sri Lanka police.

This isn’t the first time the cricketer has got in trouble, in fact, he was for the earlier detained in September 2016 for his involvement in a car accident in Colombo. Rambukwella has represented Sri Lanka in U19 as well as senior cricket. During his time as a junior cricketer, he had several disciplinary troubles.

Mid-air scare

He was with the Sri Lanka A team back in July 2013 and as per reports was then involved in another incident. On the flight back home from West Indies, he was under the influence of alcohol and attempted to open the cabin door of the British Airways aircraft which was flying at 35,000 feet and that caused mid-air panic.

For his latest actions, there is a possibility that if proved guilty not only the police but Sri Lanka Cricket will also act against the 26-year-old. SLC officials do not possess all the information in the matter but are certain that he will be punished by the board if the charges turn out to be true. Which suggests that he might lose his contract with SLC.

In his cricketing career, Rambukwella has played 59 first-class and 48 List A matches, but his forte appears to be T20 cricket. He has featured in a couple of T20Is for Sri Lanka, having made his debut in 2013 against New Zealand he played the next match three years later in 2016 against England.

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