Ben Stokes Court Date Clashes With T20 Return
Ben Stokes's return to international cricket could be further delayed as he faces having to be in court the day he was due to play a T20 match in New Zealand, police revealed on Thursday.
Ben Stokes's return to international cricket could be further delayed as he faces having to be in court the day he was due to play a T20 match in New Zealand, police revealed on Thursday. This comes after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday that Stokes will now be considered for England selection despite being charged with affray. Stokes was suspended from international duty by the ECB following his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in September that reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket. As a result, the Durham all-rounder missed the whole of England's 4-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia.
The talismanic 26-year-old has been included in the squad to play a triangular T20 tournament being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February but according to British media Avon and Somerset police have confirmed he is due in court on charges of affray on February 13, the same day England play New Zealand.
After the triangular T20 tournament, England will remain in New Zealand for five one-day internationals and two Tests.
Stokes and two other men will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court following the incident in the early hours of September 25 after England had beaten the West Indies in an ODI in the city.
Stokes, who came to England from New Zealand as a boy when his father changed jobs, sparked talk of a possible international recall by playing for New Zealand domestic side Canterbury for a month and he had recently been cleared by the ECB to appear in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League following an impressive first season in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
Under English law, affray, which refers to fighting in public, can carry a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison.
(With AFP Inputs)
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