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.