Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stokes Given All-Clear to Play Again by ECB

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stokes Given All-Clear to Play Again by ECB

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BEN Stokes is to resume his international career next month in New Zealand.

England have deemed the all-rounder unavailable for selection ever since his initial arrest following an incident in Bristol in September, but the ECB's 13-strong management board has decided that suspension should end after the player was charged with affray earlier this week.

They debated the matter after the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed on Monday that Stokes would appear at a magistrates' court at an unspecified date, along with two other men.

An ECB statement read: "Following a full Board discussion, in which all considerations were taken into account, the ECB Board has agreed that Ben Stokes should now be considered for England selection.

"Given the CPS 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. …

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