Stokes and Hales fined but free to play for Eng­land

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

LON­DON: Crick­eters Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were fined on Fri­day for their in­volve­ment in a night­club al­ter­ca­tion but were cleared to play for Eng­land af­ter match bans were ei­ther sus­pended or de­clared served.

All- rounder Stokes and bats­man Hales had ap­peared be­fore a two-day dis­ci­plinary hear­ing af­ter the ECB charged the pair with bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute .

Stokes was handed an eight-match ban by the dis­ci­plinary panel, which ac­cepted that he had al­ready missed that num­ber of games and there­fore re­mained el­i­gi­ble for im­me­di­ate se­lec­tion.

The player, who was cleared of af­fray at Bris­tol crown court last Au­gust, was also fined a to­tal of 30,000 pounds with half to be paid to char­ity. Hales was given a six-match ban from Eng­land white ball (one day) matches, of which two had been missed al­ready and the rest were sus­pended for 12 months—leav­ing him also avail­able for se­lec­tion.

He was fined a to­tal of 17,500 pounds, with 10,000 of that sum also sus­pended.

The pair, who have both re­sumed their in­ter­na­tional ca­reers, had risked any­thing from a warn­ing to the ter­mi­na­tion of con­tract.

Each was charged with two counts of breach­ing an ECB di­rec­tive con­cern­ing acts “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.”

Eng­land take on West In­dies in three tests, five one­day in­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als from Jan­uary to March.

Stokes had been ac­cused of knock­ing out Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale in a brawl in Bris­tol, south­west Eng­land, just hours af­ter he had played in against the West In­dies in Septem­ber last year. REUTERS

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