New Delhi: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray by prosecutors regarding his alleged involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September last year, prosecutors announced Monday. Also Read - IPL 2020: Ben Stokes to Andre Russell, Full List of Players Who Could Miss First Few Matches of IPL 13 in UAE
The confrontation left a man with a fractured eye socket and saw Stokes suspended from international cricket until “further notice” by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), meaning he missed the Ashes series in Australia. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updates: Rajasthan Royals Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler Could Miss in First Few Matches in UAE
Confirming the criminal charge, a spokesperson for England’s Crown Prosecution Service said: “The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon and Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre. Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Lavishes High Praise on Ben Stokes, Says 'Can't Compare Anyone In India With England All-rounder'
“Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.
“Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge.”
Stokes was recently named in England’s T20I squad for tri-nation series against Australia and New Zealand. He was also named in Test squad for New Zealand tour.
(With PTI inputs)