Father, Son and Unholy Mess
Posted on July 19th, 2013

Courtesy Island Editorial

Sri Lanka “ƒ”¹…”A’ cricketer Ramith Rambukwella has been fined Rs. 250,000 over a recent incident where he allegedly tried to open the cabin door of a flight in mid-air at an altitude of 35,000 feet. (Why should planes fly so high?)

The poor boy insists that he is a somnambulist and he may have been sleepwalking at the time of the alleged incident. He has vehemently denied that he was in a state of inebriation contrary to media reports. (There are conspiracies against his family!) His truthful father, Keheliya Rambukwella, who heads the Ministry of Truth, has vouched for the veracity of the boy’s claim. Initially, Sri Lanka Cricket issued a statement based on the team manager’s report, attributing the incident to the lamentably dim lights in the passageway leading to lavatories. (British Airways should be given some 1,000 watt bulbs!)

So, the question is why Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee has punished a player afflicted with a chronic sleep disorder, for what he is said to have done in an abnormal state of consciousness whereas it has not taken any punitive action against notorious rogues who, in a state of full consciousness, helped themselves to Cricket Board funds, struck corrupt deals and ruined the game. It’s not cricket!

We urge the aggrieved Rambukwellas to sue Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Meanwhile, the SLC Executive Committee has proved that it is capable of performing the functions of the disciplinary committee and, therefore, we suggest that the latter be disbanded forthwith, for it is redundant. Why should there be so many committees when the Executive Committee is equal to the task of running the SLC all by itself?

“Spare the rod and spoil the child” is a threadbare adage which has lost its meaning in this country. Our politicians’ obedience to their sons is amazing. Ramith must be proud of the way he has brought up his father!

One Response to “Father, Son and Unholy Mess”

  1. Vis8 Says:

    This type of influence of politics in cricket has been there since the ’70….. we need to remember when the then Secretary of SL Cricket, Mr. Madugalle, somehow managed to squeeze his son Ranjan, into the under-19 squad in the Ali Bhutto trophy……. Ranjan made good on his chance by getting 8 wickets bowling over-flighted off-spin that the Pakistani u-19’s were clueless of…………. Ranjan, nevertheless became a much respected BATSMAN in SL cricket, as we all know……

    When only eleven players can play in a team, there is always, the “pull” of the influential parents over the selectors and the coaches, to get one’s son into the team….. this has been the Sri Lankan case since time immortal…… This is all too apparent in school cricket,,,,, but seems to be have affected SLC too.

    SL is lucky that only this Rambukwella lad is playing first class cricket….. imagine, if all the sons’ of ministers aspired to become members of a SL cricket team…………

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