ECB suspends Ben Stokes and Alex Hales until further notice

England all-rounder Ben Stokes and opening batsman Alex Hales have been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until further notice.

A statement was released by ECB on Thursday (September 28) stating that the duo will not be considered for England international matches after a video emerged via The Sun, in which a person (allegedly Stokes) is seen getting into a brawl with two men on the street.

Initial reports emerged that Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm after an incident in Bristol in the wee hours of Monday, post England’s victory against West Indies in the third ODI. His teammate Alex Hales, who was with him at the time, returned to Bristol to help police with their enquiries. The all-rounder was released without charge pending further investigation, following which he was named in the Ashes squad on Wednesday.

But the emergence of the video has put a doubt on whether the 26-year-old will travel to Australia for the upcoming Ashes tour.

Here’s the full statement.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.

Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.

These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.


Here’s the full video of the incident. Shocking!

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