Cricketers involved in bar brawls
Following New Zealand cricketer, Jesse Ryder's recent brawl in a bar, that resulted in the player suffering from serious injuries, we give you a list of other such incidents, when cricketers were involved in a spat at a bars.
Ricky Ponting - March 1998
Ricky Ponting was fined by the Australian Cricket Board over an incident in a Kolkata nightclub during the tour to India. He was reportedly thrown out of the premises for allegedly misbehaving with women guests.
Ponting was suspended by the Australian Cricket Board after a punch-up in a Sydney bar left him unconscious and with a black eye. He later told reporters that he couldn’t recollect what had happened but assured he would work on solving his drinking problem. “On occasions, I have drunk too much and got myself into situations I don’t intend to be in, but I’ve ended up in them,” Ponting later said.
Chris Cairns - February 2003
New Zealand’s cricketers were allegedly involved in a brawl outside a nightclub in Durban on the sidelines of the World Cup. All-rounder Chris Cairns was said to have been felled by a punch and suffered a cut across his mouth even as other players were shoved around. Security guards accompanying the team whisked the players away to safety.
David Hookes - January 2004
Former Australia batsman David Hookes died after suffering head injuries in a fight outside a Melbourne pub. The 48-year-old, who played 23 Tests from 1977-86, was coach of Victoria and was drinking with his players after their win over South Australia in a one-day game. He allegedly got into a fight with one of the pub’s bouncers. He was later revived by paramedics but never regained consciousness.
Andrew Symonds - November 2006
Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds admitted to suffering from stress-related issues after it was reported that he was engaged in a drunken brawl with one of the patrons at a Brisbane bar who wanted to click a picture with him. Symonds was at the pub celebrating Australia’s 149-run win over New Zealand in the first Test earlier in the day. Cricket Australia however, later cleared Symonds following an investigation into the matter.
Indian cricketers - July 2010
India cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra were served show cause notices by the BCCI following reports of a bar brawl in St Lucia after India’s exit from the World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
In a statement later to BCCI, Jadeja said: “I had gone to the restaurant (pub) for dinner along with other Indian team members. Some guests, which I presume were of Indian origin from USA, had also come there and started abusing us.”
Though Nehra later denied the incident, team manager Ranjib Biswal admitted “there was an argument because the boys, who went there (to the pub) for dinner, were harassed by some Indian fans.”