Ben Stokes to face disciplinary action for involving another off-field brawl
English super star Ben Stokes appeared to be involved in an altercation with a fan following his dismissal in their first innings in the fourth Test against South Africa.
He could now face disciplinary action after the foul-mouthed brawl. As Stokes was walking off, having been dismissed for just two runs, when he paused at the entrance to the tunnel which links the pavilion with the playing field, England’s World Cup hero was caught on television camera shouting, “Come and say it to me outside the ground you fucking four-eyed c**t.”
The incident, though was not shown live, was broadcast a little while after the batsman’s dismissal which later became widely spread in social media.
Stokes was caught by Rassie van der Dussen, off the bowling of Anrich Nortje scoring two at the team total of 157-4. England reached to 192 without losing any wicket further before bad light stopped play.
Neither England Cricket Board (ECB) nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) have opened up about the matter but it is now highly likely that the England all-rounder might receive punishment from the games’ governing body for breaching code of conduct.
The nature of forfeiture in this case will depend on how match referee Andy Pycroft is going to see through.
Using audible obscene words during an International Match is considered a Level One offence that carries a single demerit point.
Watching the altercation the former England captain Mike Atherton told Sky Sports,
“You’ve got to hold your tongue if you can. It is a fruity area [next to the tunnel]. I recall a game when Mery Hughes got done in that tunnel area, it’s a hostile place, I don’t condone abuse, supporters or players.”
Another former England captain Nasser Hussain also told, “We can be cool and calm in the commentary box, but when you’ve just got out and someone is abusing you, you can lose the plot,” he said.