Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray after Bristol nightclub incident

Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray after Bristol nightclub incident

Stokes consequently missed the entirety of the Ashes after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he would not be considered for selection "until further notice".

Stokes was also named in England's one-day worldwide squad to face Steve Smith's side, but was not involved in the opening game.

His charge was announced on Monday and the 26-year-old is set to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court.

"A thorough investigation was carried out into the incident by Avon & Somerset Police before a comprehensive file of evidence was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service", a statement from Avon and Somerset Police added.

A statement from the CPS said it received further material in late December.

European Central Bank released a statement soon after the news broke out of Ben Stokes being charged for his alleged involvement in the Bristol brawl in September.

Avon & Somerset Police said in a statement: "Three men have today been charged in connection with an incident of disorder on Queens Road, Bristol on 25 September past year".

Ben Stokes during his stint for New Zealand club side Canterbury
Ben Stokes during his stint for New Zealand club side Canterbury. SANKA VIDANAGAMA

Alex Hales, who was present on the night out but was cleared by police last month, was also suspended.

The England Cricket Board (ECB) is expected to meet and take a decision on Stokes' future in the next 48 hours.

"It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings".

"I am keen to have an opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to do this is when the case comes to trial".

Ben Stokes married Clare Ratcliffe in October, 2017, at a ceremony in Somerset. If the charges against the cricketer are tried in the magistrate's court then it may lead to a fine or an imprisonment up to 6 months.

Kai Barry and Billy O'Connell said they were "grateful" to Stokes, who stepped up to help them from getting beaten up, and also called the England all-rounder a "real hero". He did play in six domestic matches in New Zealand in December.

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