ECB charges Ben Stokes and Alex Hales for tarnishing the reputation of the game

Each of them has been charged with two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3.

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England Cricketer Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Crown Court. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Back in September 2017, English all-rounder Ben Stokes and Alex Hales got themselves involved in a brawl outside a bar in Bristol. Hales was given a clean chit in the case, but Stokes was provisionally suspended by the England Cricket Board (ECB) and he didn’t play international cricket for some time after which he made his comeback in England’s tour of New Zealand.

Moreover, he also lost his place as the vice-captain of the national team. However, investigations surrounding the case still continued. England recently played the five-match Test series against India, which they comprehensively won 4-1. Stokes played the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but couldn’t take part in the second Test at the iconic Lord’s.

More troubles for Stokes and Hales

The same was for the reason that he had to attend a hearing at Bristol Crown Court for the affray last year. To his delight, he was cleared of the charges and he went on to play the last three Tests against Virat Kohli’s men at Trent Bridge, The Ageas Bowl, and Kennington Oval respectively. He turned out to be a vital component and contributed significantly with his areas of expertise.

Recently, it has been learned that The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) have charged both Hales and Stokes for bringing disrepute to the game as per reports in Telegraph. Each of them has been charged with two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3. They will now be required to attend a hearing by the CDC Disciplinary Panel according to the CDC Regulations.

ECB Directive 3.3 states: “No Participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any Cricketer or group of Cricketers into disrepute.”

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