From David Warner to Ben Stokes: 6 cricketers who landed in trouble due to alcohol
First Published Dec 12, 2020, 2:00 PM IST
Most of the cricketers are one of the humble human beings on the planet, owing to the gentlemen’s sports they are associated with. However, there have been many cricketers who are not so humble and involve themselves in alcoholism, thereby landing in trouble as well.
As far as cricketers are concerned, they are genuinely one of the most humble and respected athletes, since they play the sport of gentlemen. However, there have been numerous cricketers who fall in the bad books of many.
Over the years, plenty of cricketers have been in the headlines for their addiction to alcoholism. On the same note, we take a look at those cricketers, who have landed themselves in trouble for the same.
Andrew Symonds: The Australian all-rounder is already in the bad books of many following his involvement in the monkey gate scandal against Harbhajan Singh. On top of it, it was in 2009 when during the ICC World T20 in England, he was involved in late-night drinking, as Cricket Australia (CA) dropped him from the squad, which also marked the end of his cricketing career. Nonetheless, Symonds later revealed that he was not alcoholic, but a binge-drinker.
Ricky Ponting: The former Australian skipper, too, shockingly makes the list. Apparently, during the initial phase of his career, he had issues with alcoholism. It was in 1999 when during an Australia’s Ashes Test loss to England in Sydney, he was left with a black left eye after some heavy drinking at a club in King’s Cross area, while he found himself at the team hotel the next morning. It was thereon he decided to give up on it, and he eventually did.
Andrew Flintoff: The prolific English all-rounder, too, had a tendency to get drunk on occasions. It was during the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies, when after getting heavily intoxicated, Flintoff fell in a river, nearly drowning. However, he was lucky, as a passing boat rescued him and brought him back capsized. He faced heavy backlash from England management for this incident and was stripped of the vice-captaincy role. Nonetheless, he survived a possible death in the process.
Monty Panesar: The English spinner of Indian origin, too, makes this troublesome list. It was in 2013 at the Shooshh Club, at King’s Road Arches, in Brighton, he was asked to leave the club on alleges of woman harassment. He went on to urinate on the bouncers through a promenade above the club. As a result, he was dropped from the English side thereon, which also marked the end of his international career.
Ben Stokes: The productive current English all-rounder, too, happened to be involved in an incident in 2013. However, it was his 2017 incident at a Bristol nightclub, where he was involved in a brawl with two men after drinking, along with English teammate Alex Hales, that drew attention. Although he went through a trial for the same the next year, he was let go, as he was defending a gay couple.
David Warner: The prominent Australian opener David Warner, too, happens to be an unfortunate member of the list, as it was once again in 2013 when he had reportedly punched English batsman, Joe Root, after getting heavily drunk. Apparently, he misunderstood Root of making fun of Muslims, including Hashim Amla, as the former went on to apologise later. Consequently, he was dropped from Australia 2013 ICC Champions Trophy squad, while some former Australian players blighted him.
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