The Guardian – Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, two promising young batsmen, have been stood down from the England Lions tour to India that departs Saturday in light of details that emerged during the trial of their former Worcestershire teammate Alex Hepburn.

Summary

  • Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, two promising young batsmen, have been stood down from the England Lions tour to India that departs Saturday in light of details that emerged during the trial of their former Worcestershire teammate Alex Hepburn.
  • The alleged victim, who gave evidence, said she believed he was Clarke, Hepburn’s flat-mate, whom she had returned with following a night out.
  • Neither Clarke, who moved to Nottinghamshire at the end last season, or Kohler-Cadmore, who joined Yorkshire in 2017, were accused of wrongdoing on the night in question – the latter was not present in the flat – and they faced no criminal charges themselves.
  • But some of the evidence heard in court – chiefly that referencing a Whatsapp group recording sexual conquests – is understood to have prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to stand Clarke and Kohler-Cadmore down from the upcoming Lions tour pending an investigation by the governing body.
  • Clarke, who was present on the night in question but said in court that he had fallen asleep in a toilet at the time of the alleged incident because of alcohol consumption, gave evidence while Kohler-Cadmore did not.


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