Remember Luke Pomersbach? He's currently living in his car and facing theft charges

Remember Luke Pomersbach? He’s currently living in his car and facing theft charges

Controversy is not something new for Pomersbach though.

Luke Pomersbach
Luke Pomersbach. (Photo by Getty Images)

Not many years ago, Western Australia cricketer Luke Pomersbach was a known name in the T20 circles. He was picked for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been a member of a Big Bash League-winning outfit in his home country. But the 35-year-old has of late witnessed a new low in his life. He has been accused of stealing a motorcycle and 10 packs of booze and he lives in his car.

According to a report in the West Australian, Pomersbach was set to be produced in the court of Perth’s magistrate on Wednesday in connection to separate incidents in Innaloo on the suburb of Perth last month. But when he failed to turn up by 10.30 am, an arrest warrant was issued against him.

Luke Pomersbach was hit by controversies more than once

Controversy is not something new for Pomersbach though. He was once bought in the IPL for $300,000 and he played in four seasons in the tournament between 2008 and 2013. He got to play in 17 games in which he scored 302 runs at a strike-rate of 122-plus with one fifty.

However, in 2012, his IPL career was hanging in balance after Pomersbach, then a player of Royal Challengers Bangalore was detained by the Delhi Police on charges of assaulting an American woman and her fiance following a game against the then Delhi Daredevils. He was produced in a court in Delhi where he was granted interim bail. He was also suspended for the rest of the tournament.

Pomersbach’s career was subsequently plagued by alcohol and drug-related issues. Of late, he has been living in his car. He was accused of stealing a bicycle from outside a shopping center in Innaloo on New Year’s Day. A few weeks later, the father of a four-year-old girl was accused of stealing 10 packs of pre-mixed spirits from a liquor shop, the report added.

Pomersbach has represented Australia internationally once when he was picked for a T20I against New Zealand to replace an injured Brad Hodge at his home ground in 2007. He made 15 runs off seven balls, hitting a boundary and six that brought him in the notice of the IPL talent spotters.

But two years later, Pomersbach’s promising career received a major jolt when a case of drunk-driving and assaulting of a policeman saw him getting fined as well as suspended by his province’s cricket association for two years. He made a comeback later but the IPL fiasco again hurt his career. He made yet another comeback later in 2012 to end up as the second-highest scorer in the BBL where he played for Brisbane Heat who lifted the title that year.

In 2014, Pomersbach quit the game.