Ben Stokes available for England selection, may play in T20 series in New Zealand
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Ben Stokes available for England selection, may play in T20 series in New Zealand

Ben Stokes, charged for public brawl, has been cleared to make an international return with England and is expected to feature against New Zealand next month.

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 16:57 IST
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Ben Stokes, charged for a public brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25 last year, will be available for England selection.(AP)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Ben Stokes will now be considered for England selection once again.

Stokes has not represented his country since he was arrested following a late-night incident in Bristol in September, the all-rounder missing the Ashes defeat to Australia as a result.

However, after he was charged with affray on Monday, the ECB board has now decided Ben Stokes can return to the international arena.

An ECB statement read: “Given the CPS [Crown Prosecution] decision to charge him and two others with affray, confirmation of his intention to contest the charge and the potential length of time to trial, the board agreed that it would not be fair, reasonable or proportionate for Ben Stokes to remain unavailable for a further indeterminate period.”

“To date, Stokes has been unavailable for selection throughout the Police and CPS process around the incident in Bristol in September, a period which has included One-Day Internationals against West Indies, the Ashes tour and the start of the ODI series against Australia.

“ECB fully respects the legal process and the player’s intention to defend himself against the charge.

“England Selectors, management and players have been informed and Ben Stokes is expected to join the squad in New Zealand for February’s T20 matches.

“ECB confirmed in December that the independent Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] would stay the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of court proceedings relating to the incident.”

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 16:51 IST