CDC gives final verdict on Stokes-Hales
England duo Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been cleared to play the upcoming series against Windies after Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) concluded their inquiry into the events in Bristol in September 2017.
Stokes will not miss any further England game as he was handed a £30,000 fine and an eight-match ban, although having missed two ODIs against West Indies in addition to the Australia leg of last winter’s tours, which means that he has already missed the sufficient amount of games.
Meanwhile, Hales was handed a £17,500 fine, with £10,000 suspended as well as a six-match ban, four of which are suspended for 12 months. Hales and Stokes both have accepted the verdicts.
After the end of the hearing, a delighted Stokes informed himself that the hearing is over and expressed that a huge burden is finally off from his shoulders after 15 months.
“Everyone will now be aware that the CDC disciplinary proceedings have now concluded and I accept the decision of the Panel. I had entered guilty pleas to bringing the game into disrepute much earlier in the process and I want to thank the panel for their time and consideration now that the hearing has ended.”
“Cricket and family are my life. This incident has been a huge burden for the last 15 months. I am relieved to get back to playing the game that I love without this hanging over me. Although the disciplinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer,” Stokes added.
Hales also expressed his relief and believes he can now finally move on and concentrate on his career.
“I am relieved today’s decision by the CDC means this chapter is now closed and I can move on with my career. There is no doubt I fell below the high standards expected of an international sportsman and that was the reason for my decision to admit the charges and accept the punishment handed down. More than anything, I sincerely apologise for putting myself in a position which allowed these very regrettable incidents to happen,” Hales said in a statement.