Disrepute charges for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales
On 18th September England Cricket Board(ECB) has confirmed disrepute charges for two English players Ben Stokes and Alex Hales for bringing the game into disrepute for their parts in the brawl that took place outside a Bristol nightclub last September.
Both the English players Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were involved in an incident on early morning hours of September 25th last year with two men outside Mbargo nightclub in Bristol following England’s ODI victory over West Indies. The all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested at that time and charged under the law.
Couple of months ago, Ben Stokes was not found guilty by a jury in July, the hearing that happened during the second Test between India and England. His partner Alex Hales didn’t receive any charge till now. The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) had announced that they will wait for the judgment of the Court case. Soon after the conclusion of the case in court The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) has started the proceedings.
At the end of the proceedings each player has been charged with two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3 which states: “No Participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any Cricketer or group of Cricketers into disrepute.”
The duo will have face a disciplinary panel on Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th December. The dates of the hearing has been made considering the fixtures of the national team which means both Stokes and Hales will be available for the selection in all the matches of Sri Lankan tour. The rulings, which could include periods of suspension, will then be published following the hearings.