IPL 5: Who is Luke Pomersbach?

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Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 11:28 [IST]
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IPL 5: Who is Luke Pomersbach?

Bangalore, May 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore's left-handed batsman Luke Pomersbach was arrested after he allegedly molested a woman at a five-star hotel in New Delhi on Thursday night during an IPL after-match party.

Pomersbach, who is from Australia, was signed up by RCB last year. Previously he has played for Kings XI Punjab. His full name is Luke Anthony Pomersbach and is also known as Pomers.

He played five games for RCB in IPL 4 but is yet to feature in a match this season.

The 27-year-old plays for Western Australia in the Australian domestic circuit. He is a big-hitting batsman has one Twenty20 International cap for Australia.

Last year, Pomersbach said he was taking a break from the game after suffering from depression. He hasn't played cricket for almost a year now.

In one of the earlier interactions with the media at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium before the start of the IPL 5 season, this is what he had said then: “When you play a lot of cricket, sometimes you need a bit of a break and need to start thinking about other things in the life. There were a few things off the field that I needed to deal with and I have done that.”

“I have seen a couple of specialists and I am right on top of things now. I am looking forward to the next stage of my career. It was just a bit of a break and it freshened me up.”

On dealing with his troubles, he had said: “Some people deal with these problems better than others. Some people deal with them badly and make the wrong choices in life. Unfortunately, I went down that path and made a few bad decisions. But I've learnt a lot from them and I suppose I've got that experience. But there are probably a lot of other guys with off-field issues, people who have stresses with their family or people passing away in their life or things happening. You shouldn't even think about cricket when serious issues like that come up in your life. I suppose I've just got to get back to enjoying my game and look forward to my next game.”

He was looking forward to playing IPL 5 but could not find a place in the playing XI. "It's fantastic to be a part of IPL, particularly for someone who doesn't have much international experience. It is great to be around guys like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Daniel Vettori. I reckon it is the best learning curve in the world. Hopefully, an opportunity will arise during the tournament and I'm ready to grab it with both the hands."

This is not the first time, Pomersbach has found himself in off-field incidents.

In August 2009, he was arrested in two hit and run incidents. He was also found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting a police officer. For this offence, his driving license was cancelled. Later in October, Pomersbach was granted extraordinary license as he was facing tough times commuting by public transport.

Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) had suspended him indefinitely after those incidents. In September, 2011, he decided to move to Queensland from Western Australia.

Pomersbach, who bowls offspin, has so far played 30 first class matches scoring over 2,000 runs. In his only T20 International for Australia, against New Zealand in his home ground of Perth in December, 2011, he scored 15 runs. Overall, he has featured in 35 T20s with 623 runs.


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