Ben Stokes: Latest Updates

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Ben Stokes of England during Day One of the 3rd Investec Test Match between England and West Indies at Lord's Cricket Ground on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Ben Stokes was recently spotted at Heathrow airport, which sparked wild speculation that he could be travelling to Australia to join England’s Ashes squad.

However, it was quickly established that he was simply visiting his family in New Zealand. Yet, with Stokes having just signed a contract to play as Canterbury’s overseas player in the Ford Trophy, it begs the question of whether Stokes will return to the England team soon. There has also been speculation that he could feature in the Big Bash League.

Ben Stokes: Latest Updates

Stokes’ case has now been passed onto the Crown Prosecution Service, who will review the case and advise the police how to charge the England star. This process could take several weeks to complete. In the police report, it was confirmed that one individual sustained a fractured eye socket as a result of the actions of Ben Stokes. Once a decision has been made by the police, the England and Wales Cricket Board will meet as soon as possible to decide whether Stokes ought to represent England. They have said that they would aim to announce their verdict within 48 hours of the CPS’ decision. While Angus Fraser has said that it would be possible for Stokes to play in the Ashes, purely concerning timings, it seems very unlikely that he will feature at all. England fans should expect him not to feature at all.
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However, Stokes has been granted a No Objection Certificate by the ECB, which allows him to play domestic cricket anywhere in the world. He has made full use of this by singing a contract to be Canterbury’s overseas signing in the Ford Trophy. The Ford Trophy is New Zealand’s Domestic 50 over tournament. Stokes could first feature for his new side on December 3rd against Otago. He is tantalisingly close to England’s squad in Australia.

There are rumour that Stokes could be singing a Big Bash League contract as well. However, these rumours are unfounded and it is hard to see how he will be given a contract. Cricket Australia aim to target kids and families as their main viewers and Stokes’ arrival in the Big Bash could cause a stir. A parallel example of this is Chris Gayle’s effective ban from playing in their domestic T20 league after his comments to female reporter Mel McLaughlin. It is hard to see Cricket Australia supporting Stokes in his bid to return to international cricket, bearing in mind his return could provide a huge boost to England’s Ashes chances.
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Stokes’ return to international cricket is not coming anytime soon. This incident has not been his first, he punched a locker before the 2014 World Cup and as a result broke his hand and was rule out of the tournament. He is an aggressive player on the pitch and has proven to be one off the pitch as well. England fans should not get their hopes up.

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