Aussie cricket star’s incredibly sad downfall is laid bare as he is arrested and accused of STEALING meth after retiring for mental health reasons
- Luke Pomersbach, 36, facing jail time on drug and burglary charges
- Talented batsman retired from the sport in 2014, citing mental health issues
- He famously represented Australia in 2007 after being plucked from the crowd
A former cricket star facing numerous charges over a bizarre crime spree has now been accused of stealing meth.
Luke Pomersbach had a meteoric rise after being plucked from the crowd at the WACA cricket ground in Western Australia in 2007 to represent Australia in a T20 match against New Zealand following a pre-game injury.
But his sad demise has been playing out in Perth Magistrate’s Court since February 17 when he was charged with four counts of stealing, three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.
The 36-year-old allegedly stole golf clubs, clothing and jewellery from properties in the suburbs of South Perth, Scarborough and Woodlands between January 24 and February 16 this year.
Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach (pictured above) is accused of stealing meth and burglary
Luke Pomsersbach on his wedding day with wife Chanelle Tyrls in 2015
The explosive batsman, who played for Western Australia before his sole game for his country, has since been charged with another count of stealing and possession of methylamphetamine.
Pomersbach was granted bail at last week’s court hearing but was forced to remain behind bars after failing to meet the imposed court requirements including a $5,000 personal undertaking.
The court proceedings mark a sad demise of the once-promising athlete who had the game and lifestyle to match when he married stylist Chanelle Tyrls in 2015 before having a young daughter named Paris together.
When his career was skyrocketing, Pomersbach represented Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the financially lucrative T20 Indian Premier League before going onto win a Big Bash title with Brisbane Heat in 2013.
While suspended from his state side for breaking team rules, he sat in the crowd at the WACA to watch Australia take on New Zealand on December 11, 2007 when first-team player Brad Hodge injured himself in a warm up drill.
Team selectors scrambled to find a replacement before turning to Pomersbach who was with his girlfriend in the stands.
Pomersbach won the T20 Big Bash League title with Brisbane Heat in 2013
His brother Gavin rushed home to retrieve his playing gear. but by the time he returned to the stadium Pomersbach had taken the field alongside captain Michael Clarke and speedster Shaun Tait.
Pomersbach came to the crease with just 20 balls left in Australia’s innings and ended up pummeling 15 from just seven balls to reach a winning total of 186.
He eventually retired from the sport in 2014, citing mental health issues.