Happy-Birthday,-Luke-Pomersbach!

Australian Twenty20 (T20) cricketer Luke Pomersbach, born September 28, 1984, is one of the controversial stars of recent times. Born in Bentley, Western Australian, Pomersbach made his First-Class debut for Western Australia in 2006 against Tasmania. He scored 74 in the first innings, and was involved in a 106-run partnership for 5th wicket with Chris Rogers. He played for Western Australia till 2011. In 2008, Pomersbach was roped in by Kings XI Punjab for the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played 5 matches in 2008 edition and 4 in 2009 before heading to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. He played 5 matches for the side and returned to KXIP in 2013 but played only 3 matches. Out of 17 IPL matches he has played, he has scored 302 runs with a highest of an unbeaten 79. Pomersbach played for Brisbane Heat in 2012-13, where in semi-final he scored 112 from 70 and was part of the team that won the BBL against his former team, Perth Scorchers. In 2007, he played his one and only T20I for Australia, where he scored 15.

Pomersbach has been involved in lots of controversies. In 2007, Pomersbach and Shaun Marsh were suspended from Western Australia for drinking alcohol following a game against Queensland. In 2009, Pomersbach made more headlines when after two hit-and-run incidents, the cricketer was arrested and charged by police, when he failed to stop, and accompany police. He was found drunk driving and assaulted a public officer, obstructed police and tried to escape legal custody. He went on to plead guilty and was fined. His driver’s license cancelled. Later on, WACA suspended him indefinitely. However, he returned for Western Australia in January 2010.

During IPL 2012, Pomersbach was arrested for molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé at a hotel in New Delhi. He was released on bail not before having to surrender his passport. The case garnered much media attention and was later settled out of court after the charges were dropped.

In October 2011, Pomersbach quit cricket temporarily as he was diagnosed with depression. In 2014, he retired from cricket due mental health issues.