ECB charge Ben Stokes and Alex Hales for bringing game into disrepute

Sport360 staff 12:14 19/09/2018
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Stokes and Hales will face a CDC hearing on December 5 and 7.

Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales have been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for bringing the game into disrepute and will face a disciplinary hearing.

The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) hearing for the two players is set to be held on December 5 and 7.

The matter relates to Stokes’ involvement in a Bristol nightclub brawl in September last year during which Hales was also present. Stokes was charged with affray for the incident but was found not guilty by the Bristol Crown Court recently.

Following the controversial incident, ECB had opened its own investigation into the incident but it was put on hold while Stokes’ court case raged on.

Now, the CDC hearing for the two players has been fixed for a time window between England’s winter tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Stokes recently starred in England's 4-1 series win over India.

Stokes recently starred in England’s 4-1 series win over India.

The private CDC hearing will comprise of a three-man panel headed by former Derbyshire cricketer Tim O’Gorman.

The Bristol nightclub incident had taken place several hours after England had taken on West Indies in an ODI last year in September.

Following the release of CCTV footage of the incident, Stokes had been indefinitely suspended by the ECB and was subsequently not picked for the Ashes tour where England were handed a 0-4 drubbing.

In the recent five-match Test series between England and India, Stokes had to miss the second Test at Lord’s to attend his hearing.

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