WA Today – Ben Stokes is likely to be given permission to sign a multi-million pound contract in the Indian Premier League next year even if he is still suspended from England duty.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes is likely to be given permission to sign a multi-million pound contract in the Indian Premier League next year even if he is still suspended from England duty.
  • The full executive board of the England and Wales Cricket Board will make the final decision on whether Stokes can play in the IPL but, after giving him permission recently to join Canterbury in New Zealand, it will be hard to deny him a payday in India.
  • The ECB’s board will weigh up the potential damage to the game’s reputation by allowing a player to earn money playing in the world’s most high-profile cricket tournament while still on suspension from international duty.
  • Speaking about Stokes, Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, said: “I imagine having given him an NoC [non objection certificate] to play in New Zealand, it will be difficult for us to say on balance that we would not apply the same thinking to playing in other parts of the world.
  • The decision to allow Stokes to play in New Zealand was taken by an ECB sub-committee appointed by Colin Graves, the chairman, but a future decision will now be taken by the full board because of its importance.


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