When haunted hotels turn against cricket
Imagine yourself as a rising star on the cricket scene, travelling with your team to a foreign land to compete. You stay in one of their hotels, expecting a pleasant rest followed by training the next day.
Now imagine being haunted by a ghost in the middle of the night, leaving you terrified and traumatized.
The ghost of Christchurch
In 2011, NZ's 'Garden City', Christchurch, was torn apart by a 6.3 earthquake that killed 185 people, reducing much of the CBD to mere rubble.
It's important to preface this paranormal story with that brief history, as it's more than possible some of the earthquake victim's remain lingering in the city.
Pakistani cricket player Haris Sohail was sleeping in his room at the Rydges Latimer Christchurch when he suddenly woke up in the night, an eerie and unexplainable presence all around him. He phoned his team management for help, but by the time they arrived Sohail had already developed a fever. He claims he was pushed in the night by a presence, and could not train the next day due to trauma.
According to the NZ Herald, this recently built hotel is mere meters down the road from one of the earthquake's biggest disasters - the collapse of the Christchurch TV building.
This isn't the first time cricketers have been spooked by hotel ghosts, either. In fact, just last year the English cricket team had a paranormal encounter in their five-star London hotel, The Langham.
The Langham was opened in 1865, and has served gentry and celebrities throughout its years of operation.
Mid last year, bowler Stuart Broad claimed he was having trouble with his room.
"All of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason," Broad said. "I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off. Then when I turned the lights off again the taps came on."
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