Unless they are absolutely mystified by cricket, most fans do not associate the sport with the world of the supernatural and the unexplained. However, a few top international players may have other reasons to make the association.
According to reports, players on several teams, Australia, India, and the UK among them, have had strange encounters that they could not explain.
Shane Watson, Lumley Castle
While playing in the Ashes 2005 series for Australia, Shane Watson and his teammates stayed at Lumley Castle in Durham. The player, who now plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, claims he became aware of a presence in his room one night.
He said it felt as though there was someone in the room with him. Watson was so disturbed by the incident that he shared fellow player Brett Lee’s room. The Australian team’s media manager also claimed to have had an otherworldly encounter while at the hotel. Ghost-infested houses and hotels make for a popular theme for NZ pokies online, but clearly less so for cricketers!
Stuart Broad and Others, Langham Hotel
While staying London’s Langham Hotel, Stuart Broad and other members of the English cricket team experienced what may have been hauntings. As strange as those events were, they are in keeping with the hotel that is said to be England’s most haunted.
Broad told reports that he woke up at 1.30am and felt unbearably hot. The fast bowler said that he felt a presence in the room shortly before taps in the bathroom started running and then stopped again.
Broad was not alone in experiencing the unexplained at that time. Ben Stokes and Alistair Cook also reported strange happenings. Stokes reportedly also had trouble sleeping after an unusual encounter. Moeen Ali’s wife was just one of the wives and girlfriends who declined to stay at the hotel.
Sourav Ganguly, Lumley Castle
Back in 2005, the Indian cricket team captained by Sourav Ganguly was based at Lumley Castle. Ganguly had dinner with his teammates after their practice session, and then retired to his room for the night.
The player said that all was well when he prepared for bed. However, later that night, he was woken up by the sound of the bathroom taps running. Ganguly told reporters that he got out of bed, switched on the light, and went to the bathroom. However, by the time he got there, the taps had stopped running.
Thinking it was all a dream, he went back to bed. It was not long before the sound of running water came from the bathroom once more.
Haris Sohail, Rydges Latimar Hotel
While staying with the Pakistani ODI cricket team at the Rydges Latimar Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Haris Sohail was woken from sleep one night by his bed shaking inexplicably. Utterly terrified, he called team manager Naveed Cheeva, who put the experience down to a bad dream. Sohail was not convinced by Cheeva’s explanation, and reportedly does not go to sleep without saying prayers first.