Ben Stokes charged for brawl outside nightclub, will know England future in 48 hours

Ben Stokes missed the recent Ashes series that England lost 4-0 in Australia. He will miss the ODI series currently under way.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2018 20:58 IST
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Ben Stokes reacts after bowling for provincial cricket team Canterbury in Rangiora, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The England all-rounder is out of international cricket since September 2017 when he was involved in a public brawl outside a Bristol nightclub. (AP)

Ben Stokes has been charged with one count of affray (means a group of people fighting in a public place and disturbing peace) by the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to a late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub that saw him miss the Ashes series. (IND vs SA 2nd TEST LIVE SCORE)

The brawl during the ODI series against the West Indies in September left a man with a fractured eye socket. Ben Stokes has been charged along with two other men.

Stokes, 26, and the others are due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court at a date to be fixed. This leaves Stokes doubtful for the Indian Premier League player auction scheduled on January 27-28 in Bangalore. He had been cleared to play the IPL by his cricket board.

Ben Stokes missed the Ashes series after he was withdrawn by the England and Wales Cricket Board pending clearance from the police. He was named in the England ODI squad for the series against Australia but will now miss the matches.

In a statement, ECB said: “ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September. The Board will now convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes’ availability to represent England at this stage.”

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 19:47 IST