IPL 2012: Luke Pomersbach is a history-sheeter of misbehaviours

In August 2009, Luke Pomersbach narrowly escaped jail sentence after he admitted to assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him for drunken driving Getty Images

New Delhi: May 18, 2012

The alleged misbehaviour by Australia’s Luke Pomersbach at a city hotel at New Delhi late on Thursday night does not come as an isolated incident as the cricketer has a history of getting caught on the wrong side of the law since making his debut for Western Australia in 2006.

The 27-year-old cricketer, who is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), was on Friday arrested on charges of molesting an American woman and severely attacking her fiance leaving him in the hospital.

The incident happened after RCB beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) in a crucial IPL match at Feroz Shah Kotla.

The player allegedly invited himself for some drinks with the couple and some common friends from Mumbai in their room at hotel Maurya Sheraton.

The woman left the men alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep but Pomersbach followed her and misbehaved with her.

When her fiance intervened, the cricketer allegedly beat him up.

Pomersbach had last year decided to skip the domestic season citing “health and well-being” reasons.

He had earlier, in 2008-09, represented Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the IPL, scoring just over 150 runs from five outings for the franchisee.

Few months later, in August 2009, the cricketer narrowly escaped jail sentence after he admitted to assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him for drunken driving.

However, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) banned Pomersbach from representing the state in any form of cricket until the end of the 2010-11 season.

The left-hander was also fined USD 10,000 by the WACA and was asked to strictly adhere to the terms of his playing contract.

The association also said his comeback would be made possible only if he attends all medical and counselling sessions as required by the WACA.

Earlier in the same year, Pomersbach had been suspended and fined after failing to show up for an intra-squad practice match at Stevens Reserve in Fremantle.

In 2007, Pomersbach and Shaun Marsh were suspended indefinitely after a late-night drinking session in the lead-up to a state match.

The middle-order batsman, who has represented Australia in just a single Twenty20 international against New Zealand in 2007, made a remarkable international debut when he was called in to replace Brad Hodge at Perth.

In what may sound a bit strange, Hodge injured his back while pulling on his trousers and the call went out to Pomersbach, who was parking his car to attend the game as a spectator. (PTI)