Former Australian opening batsman Michael Slater was kicked off a plane after his heated argument with two friends delayed the flight for 30 minutes, a report said on Tuesday.
Slater said he had been arguing with two friends on Sunday while boarding the Qantas flight from Sydney to Wagga Wagga, his hometown in New South Wales. After “yelling and swearing”, Slater locked himself in a toilet and refused to come out, with security called to remove him.
Slater, who is a well-renowned commentator and is due to call the upcoming matches in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019, confirmed the incident in a statement, according to Macquarie.
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However, Slater has apologized after being removed from a flight for “disruptive” behavior.
“I did have an argument with two friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologize for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight,” he said.
The former cricketer was asked to leave the plane before take-off, Qantas said.
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“Prior to departure on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight on Sunday, a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive,” it said in a statement to AFP.
“He complied with the crew’s request.” The former batsman was part of the Australian Cricket team from 1993 to 2001 and played 74 Tests before his retirement in 2004.
Doubt has been cast on former Aussie Test cricketer Michael Slater’s future as a commentator with the Seven Network after a disturbance on a domestic flight from Sydney.
— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) May 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Australia has released its 15 strong squad for the World Cup. The roster is as follows:
Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.
Defending Champions Australia will look to retain the title they won in 2015 on home soil. The will open their World Cup account against Afghanistan on 1st June and will meet arch-rivals India on June 9 in what will be a juicy encounter.