Aussie bats­man banned af­ter drunken ram­page

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian cricket au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day banned Twenty20 star Luke Pomers­bach from play­ing un­til at least Jan­uary af­ter he pleaded guilty to mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The at­tack­ing mid­dle-or­der bats­man, who plays for Kings XI Pun­jab in the In­dian Premier League, apol­o­gised in court for a drunken ram­page that led to him be­ing ar­rested by po­lice in Perth on Sun­day.

Pomers­bach, 24, was fined A$3,500 by the court, lost his dri- ver’s li­cence for six months and was or­dered to pay more than A$20,000 for the dam­ages he caused.

Pomers­bach pleaded guilty to a to­tal of six charges that also in­cluded push­ing a po­lice­man into a win­dow at his Perth home, break­ing the glass and caus­ing mi­nor in­juries, as he re­sisted ar­rest over a hit-and-run road in­ci­dent.

Fol­low­ing the court rul­ing, the West­ern Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (WACA) im­posed fur­ther penal­ties on Pomers­bach.

The WACA said he would be banned from rep­re­sent­ing West­ern Aus­tralia in any form of cricket un­til the end of the 2010-11 sea­son, but may be el­i­gi­ble to play state cricket from Jan­uary 1 next year if he ful­fils coun­selling cri­te­ria.

He would also be fined a to­tal of A$10,000, half of which may be sus­pended sub­ject to the med­i­cal and coun­selling con­di­tions im­posed.

WACA said the penal­ties were set in con­sul­ta­tion with Cricket Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and had been agreed to by Pomers­bach and his man­age­ment.

“In cricket ter ms, sport­ing terms, it’s cer­tainly a harsh penalty but it needed to be, this was a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent,” WACA chief ex­ec­u­tive Graeme Wood siad yes­ter­day. “It’s re­ally up to Luke now and the con­di­tions that have been set that he fol­lows those strictly.

“There’s a sus­pended sen­tence now hang­ing over his head in re­gard to 2010-11. If he doesn’t abide by the con­di­tions, we would cer­tainly look very se­ri­ously at ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract.” – Sapa-AFP

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