England’s players have now found out plenty of reasons for losing sleep through their woeful on-field displays in recent past and a latest reason been several players over the last few days have been looked as if they had just seen a ghost.

According to the Daily Mail, England Players are convinced that their five-star central London hotel, the Langham, is haunted, while some wives and girlfriends have refused to stay there.

Stuart Board first openly admitting to moving rooms because he was “freaked out”.

During the Sri Lanka Test I had to move rooms,” said fast bowler Stuart Broad.

He said that he faced a weird feeling with taps in bathroom.

It was so hot in the room I just couldn’t sleep. All of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason. I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off. Then when I turned the lights off again the taps came on. It was very weird.

He told that Ali’s girlfriend feared to stay there as she frightens over ghost things.

It really freaked me out. I ended up asking to move rooms. Bealey (Broad’s girlfriend) was pretty spooked, too, and I know Moeen Ali’s other half won’t stay there because she’s so frightened of the ghosts.

Ben Stokes has had some problems sleeping as well. He’s on the third floor, which is where a lot of the issues are. I’m telling you, something weird is going on.

The Langham Hotel has been renowned as one of the finest in London which was started in 1865 by The Prince of Wales.

However, it has also been reported that as many as seven ghosts have been seen moving in the corridors and bedrooms which including a German doctor who reportedly murdered his wife while on honeymoon at the hotel before committing suicide and a soldier who committed suicide by diving himself off a balcony.

Room 333 is believed to be the most haunted room with the hotel’s own website stating: “In 1973 a BBC radio announcer James Alexander-Gordon awoke suddenly in the night to see a fluorescent ball which slowly took on the shape of a man wearing Victorian evening wear. The announcer asked the ghost what it wanted and it began to float towards him, with its legs cut off some two feet below the ground, arms outstretched, and eyes staring emptily. At this point the announcer got up and fled.

The hotel’s history also affected Alastair Cook’s men of been haunted, with some of the most senior players in the team convinced the way hotel is haunted.

I’ve slept okay during the current Test (against India) but the Sri Lanka Test (last month) was not great,” added Broad. “One night I woke up in the middle of the night, around 1.30am and I was convinced there was a presence in the room. It was the weirdest feeling.

I turned the light on and looked online and could see Matt Prior was online, too. I went to his room and he said exactly the same thing! He was wide awake as well. Neither of us could sleep because we were so spooked out.

Matt was in a twin room so I ended up sharing with him. I don’t know if it’s because we’re talking about it more that we sensing more is going on but it’s weird. It’s definitely caused a few sleepless nights.

The hotel declined to comment on this saga.

It is not the first time cricketers have spooked over been haunted, with Australia all-rounder Shane Watson famously having to share a room with team-mate Brett Lee in 2005 because he was scared of ghostly goings on at Lumley Castle Hotel near Durham.


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