There are many dark secrets behind the glittering lives of cricketers. Cricket is a popular sport in many countries, and the players receive a lot of respect, fame, and name. But sometimes, they try to take undue advantage of their popularity, leading them to be trapped in unwanted situations. There have been many instances when cricketers get found involved in controversies, some being very serious and creating a lot of trouble and chaos in their lives. They sometimes had to pay by getting themselves arrested for some or other offenses. We are back with the list of ten cricketers charged for severe crimes and jailed. We do not generally expect such acts from them, but there are many cases.
1. Vinod Kambli
Former Indian cricketer who used to open with Sachin for India gets booked along with his wife in August 2015. Their maid registered the complaint against them for being assaulted and tortured when she demanded her salary. Although, he completely denied the claims made against him.
2. Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini, the South African cricketer, was arrested for sexual abuse controversy in 1998. However, he saved himself from the allegations and the consequent six years of punishment. He was in jail for a few days. He had a commendable career, even featured in IPL from Chennai Super Kings.
3. Shane Warne
Shane Warne was very famous for his on and off-the-field actions. Warne’s career came to a halt when he allegedly sent obscene text messages to a woman. He gets captured kissing a playboy. Nevertheless, his life has been adventurous.
4. Navjot Singh Sidhu
We are all well aware of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s cricket career and political controversies. Sidhu and his assistance killed a man in a road rage incident in 1988. He gets accused of beating Gurman Singh to death. He gets sent to jail for ten years. Likewise, he had to leave a famous comedy show due to another controversy.
5. Luke Pomersbach
The former Australian cricketer gets accused of molesting a woman and beating her boyfriend. This incident made him suspended from the rest of the IPL 2012. He has played for Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
6. Wasim Akram
In 1993, Wasim Akram got arrested and three others for owning illegal drugs. The police thought it was Marijuana. But proved nothing against them, and witnesses turned out to be in their favor.
7. Mohammed Asif
The Pakistani cricketer was arrested for carrying illegal drugs at Dubai airport when he returned from his IPL tenure. He was detained for 19 days and claimed he did not know about this. He confessed that he was consuming it for energy as prescribed by a local. Reports say he was carrying Opium.
8. Ben Stokes
The all-around English cricketer and star of ICC WC2019 was behind bars after his night out. He was not released early due to a court holiday. A video clip clearly shows he punched a guy, which according to him, was to save a gay couple.
9. Amit Mishra
An assault complaint was lodged against him by one of his female friends. According to her, he threw a bottle at her. He was jailed but released within a few hours of his arrest.
The former Indian cricketer, Sreesanth, was one of the best swing bowlers. He was arrested for spot-fixing and turned into a lawbreaker. He gets jailed along with some others for interrogation. They were charged and released with a lifetime ban from cricket.