Stokes to play in NZ one-day tournament
Suspended English all-rounder Ben Stokes has been confirmed to play for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic one-day tournament Ford Trophy, starting from Sunday.
The Christchurch-born will play as an overseas player for Canterbury against Otago at Rangiora on Sunday. He has been given clearance by Canterbury Cricket Association.
“The inclusion of Stokes has been agreed by CCA, the English Cricket Board (ECB), endorsed by the New Zealand Cricket Players Association and sanctioned by New Zealand Cricket,” a release said.
Stokes arrived in Christchurch on Wednesday to meet his family. It was being heard that the all-rounder could play for Canterbury in Ford Trophy. Rumours were also spread that he could return in England’s Ashes squad.
The 26-year-old has not played cricket in last two months since the street brawl incident in Bristol that turned into suspension from ECB for him. His name was cut from the Ashes squad as well
There’s a possibility of Stokes being recalled into the English squad for the Perth Test, which begins on December 14. He might return into the national duty after playing some Ford Trophy matches for Canterbury.
Going back to that late night incident, Avon and Somerset police released that they have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service and now they are seeking charging advice.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com