IPL Shame: Who is the ‘molester’ Luke Pomersbach?

Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore recruit Luke Pomersbach, who has been arrested by the Delhi police for allegedly misbehaving with an Indian American woman at the ITC Maurya hotel in New Delhi, has had a very chequered past.

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Pomerbach on the cricketing field had a very bizarre international debut as he was handed over the Australian T20 cap when Brad Hodge was ruled out of the game hours before the start of the game.

Luke, who came into the stadium as a spectator, was handed the opportunity to play for his country against New Zealand. That remains Pomersbach’s only international appearance for Australia.

On the domestic front, Pomersbach enjoyed a good 2007-08 season for Western Australia scoring 743 runs in the Pura Cup at an average of 61.91. After that strong season, the powerful middle order batsman was named as the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. For Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, he made 152 in five innings, remaining unbeaten on four occasions. He is yet to play a game for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season.

Former Western Australia cricketer Pomersbach’s first IPL stint was in 2009 when he was picked up by Kings XI Punjab franchise and, along with an in-form Shaun Marsh, ruled the roost for the Punjabi outfit.

Currently, he is a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. The middle order batsman has been a bad boy of sorts as he was suspended by the Western Australian in 2007 after a drinking session with buddy Shaun Marsh.
In 2009, Pomersbach went on drunken rampage in which he crashed his car and hit a police officer. He later assaulted one of the officers who tried to arrest him after the accident.

On the same day, he was slapped with a further USD 10,000 fine by the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) and suspended for rest of the season. He was also fined USD 3,500 in addition to the driving ban. He also broke his collarbone while surfing in 2008.

In 2011, Pomersbach stood down from Western Australia and the Big bash League team Perth Scorchers to deal with depression.

Pomerbach on the cricketing field had a very bizarre international debut as he was handed over the Australian T20 cap when Brad Hodge was ruled out of the game hours before the start of the game.

Luke, who came into the stadium as a spectator, was handed the opportunity to play for his country against New Zealand. That remains Pomersbach’s only international appearance for Australia.

On the domestic front, Pomersbach enjoyed a good 2007-08 season for Western Australia scoring 743 runs in the Pura Cup at an average of 61.91. After that strong season, the powerful middle order batsman was named as the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. For Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, he made 152 in five innings, remaining unbeaten on four occasions. He is yet to play a game for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season.

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