Kumar Sangakkara harassed by immigration officer at London Heathrow Airport

Srilankan legendary wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara was apparently harassed and had to encounter an unpleasant experience at the Heathrow Airport in London on Friday. Sangakkara described the person as “a rude, patronising and extremely discourteous UK immigration officer”.

Sangakkara, who arrived in the UK to play for county side Surrey, did not reveal the details of the incident. He has been on tours to the UK for the past fifteen years and this is the first time he experienced such rude behaviour from immigration officials.

The 37-year old Southpaw took to social media site, Twitter, to express his displeasure. He tweeted in a characteristically eloquent fashion: “Back in London last night. Had a horrendous experience with a rude, patronising and extremely discourteous UK immigration officer”.

“I understand the need for vigilance completely but common courtesy and manners is not too much to ask for,” he added.

Hinting at the possible racial discrimination that he might have encountered, he continued: “No matter colour, religion or fame every well intentioned traveller deserves courtesy. Luckily for me it was one person and just this once”.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara

Sangakkara’s last message over the incident reads: “Luckily the rest of the UK immigration officers were lovely. Coming to the UK for 15 years and first time I have encountered this”.

Sangakkara retired from One-Day International (ODI) cricket earlier this year after recording a magical run with the bat during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, scoring a four consecutive centuries during the group stages of the tournament.

Having retired from Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) after Sri Lanka won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, Sanga is expected to announce his Test retirement at the end of the three-match series against India at home.

– Spadman