Otago Daily Times – Suspended England captain Ben Stokes could be set to play for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic competition.
- Suspended England captain Ben Stokes could be set to play for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic competition.
- Ammon tweeted today: “The Times understands that [England team director Andrew] Strauss has given him the OK to play for Canterbury Cricket – they have limited overs competitions coming up starting 3rd Dec.
- “There would need to be New Zealand Cricket and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] sign-off as well as our board, and being clear we were comfortable with that.
- The 26-year-old Stokes, on a ban from the England side – an important distinction – for his part in what has been described as a street brawl during a night out, would be a big boost for a Canterbury side plagued by injuries, and currently sitting last on the four-day Plunket Shield ladder.
- The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Stokes’ visit to New Zealand in a statement, saying: “The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family.