Cape Town – The international future of Proteas spinner Aaron Phangiso appears to be hanging in the balance after he was barred from a flight in an intoxicated state.
According to Afrikaans newspaper, Rapport, the incident occurred when Phangiso and a few of his team-mates were travelling from India to South Africa on October 26 last year following South Africa’s ODI series win in the subcontinent.
Phangiso and his team-mates were travelling from Mumbai – via Dubai – to Johannesburg when the slow-armer behaved badly on the flight.
Phangiso, fully clad in Proteas kit, allegedly offended flight personnel and fellow passengers.
When the touring party arrived in Dubai, the Emirates Airline personnel refused to allow Phangiso on the next flight to Johannesburg, insisting he take a later flight to sober up.
According to the newspaper, Phangiso was almost arrested at the Dubai airport before Cricket South Africa stepped in and pleaded for him to be allowed on a later flight.
Phangiso, 31, was recently axed from the Proteas’ ODI squad for the series against England.
He has played 16 ODIs and nine T20I matched for South Africa.
This is reportedly not the first time the Highveld Lions spinner has been involved in an alcohol-related incident. He was arrested for allegedly drunk driving in Soshanguve in April last year.