Luke Pomersbach endured the ignominy of informing his family in Australia about him being detained by police for allegedly assaulting an American national and her fiance in a Delhi hotel on Friday.
This was revealed by his father George, who said over the phone from Perth: “My son called up from India on Friday and said, ‘daddy, I am in trouble. I have been wrongly charged in some sexual allegations.’ Luke wanted to convey the news to us before we hear it in the media.”
Luke (28) represents Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“My son has now got more publicity (for the wrong reasons, of course) than the Prime Minister of Australia. My immediate advice to him was to seek the assistance of his franchise. I am happy that RCB are assisting him in every possible way and I hope he has hired a good lawyer to defend himself,” said George.
In August 2008, Luke was charged for assaulting police in Perth while allegedly trying to escape their custody on being stopped after an accident. He was intoxicated while driving, according to the police and had banged his car into a vehicle.
On Friday, the US national alleged that Pomersbach assaulted her and her fiancé in their hotel room after the IPL match against Delhi Daredevils. Luke is dating an Australian girl, who accompanied him to the IPL last year. On his son’s depression bouts, George stressed: “Yes, my son suffered depression in the past, but he has overcome it. He had an accidental debut for Australia in a T20 International against NZ in Perth (December 2007). He was not selected in the original squad for the match. But having been at the ground as a spectator, his name was recommended by Adam Gilchrist when a back injury to Brad Hodge during the warm-up forced the Australian team to call him as an emergency replacement.”
Strangely, Luke lost enthusiasm after that and went into depression. In the year of his Australia debut, he was suspended by Western Australia Cricket Association for an alcohol-related incident. In early 2009, he was suspended and fined after failing to turn up for a Twenty20 club game.
At his Perth home, he has a Sir Don Bradman-signed bat that was presented to him by Cricket Australia for becoming the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. Bradman signed 100 bats in 1989 for this award. Luke has preserved the bat and is proud of the honour, but hasn’t done justice to his talent.
His fracture on his right hand will keep him out of action for at least four months, a period that will be best spent in introspection and soul-searching. Andrew Symonds has already been lost to the cricketing world. Luke must not follow suit.