Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach, bought at $50,000 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in last season's IPL auction, has so far proved a poor investment. He has not played a single game in season 5 and is unlikely to play for a while, after his arrest today in Delhi for allegedly molesting a woman from the US, who has also accused him of beating up her boyfriend at Delhi's posh Maurya Sheraton hotel.
Zohal Hamid, a US national, was allegedly molested by Pomersbach when they were partying in her room at the hotel after the Delhi Daredevils-Royal Challengers Bangalore match on Thursday evening.
A case was registered against the 27-year-old Australian player under IPC sections 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).
If the RCB had done a background check, this is what it would have turned up: The 27-year-old is not new to off-field controversy. His career is dotted with regular recorded skirmishes with the authorities. In November 2007, Pomersbach and fellow Western Warrior Shaun Marsh were suspended from the state side for drinking alcohol following a game against Queensland.
In August 2009, Luke Pomersbach was involved in a drink and driving case. He was arrested and charged by the police with failing to stop, failing to accompany the police, driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of .08, assaulting a public officer, obstructing police and escaping legal custody. He pleaded guilty and was fined and had his driver's licence cancelled. The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) responded by suspending him indefinitely.
Pomersbach has also been to a rehabilitation centre for his reported alcohol problem. He signed with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in June 2011, but backed out of both his Western Australia contract and the Scorchers contract, to deal with depression.
In India, the middle-order batsman got his 15 minutes of fame, or infamy, with the Maurya episode, having done absolutely nothing with the bat in the three IPL seasons that he has played - he was picked by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2008-09 season and made 152 runs in five innings. Last year, he played five games and made 51 runs.
In Australia, Pomersbach's cricketing journey has seen exciting moments. He made his international debut in the most remarkable way - called into Australia's T20 side against New Zealand in Perth in December 2007 after Brad Hodge injured his back while bending over to pull on his trousers. Pomersbach, who was not in the squad, was called in as a replacement just as he was parking his car to attend the game as a spectator. He went on to hit a six on his way to 15 from seven balls as Australia beat New Zealand. That T20 game remains his sole international appearance for the Australian squad, but in 2008, Pomersbach won the Bradman Young Player of the Year.