Gulf News – London: Ben Stokes will join his England teammates in New Zealand later this week after the cricketer appeared at a magistrates’ court on Tuesday to indicate a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray.

Summary

  • London: Ben Stokes will join his England teammates in New Zealand later this week after the cricketer appeared at a magistrates’ court on Tuesday to indicate a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray.
  • “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.
  • He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series,” the ECB added.
  • The ECB said Stokes would not be required to return to Britain for the opening day of that trial.It added that any obligations the player had “within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments.”
  • Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident cost him a place on the Ashes tour of Australia, was cleared for selection by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month.


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