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England's Stokes ends Canterbury stint, returning to UK

England's Stokes ends Canterbury stint, returning to UK

When Stokes flew to New Zealand last month, it sparked speculation that he could be involved in England's Ashes campaign but, with the series lost and the CPS still determining whether to press charges against the allrounder for his part in a fight in September, that prospect is all but over.

The 26-year-old Stokes has been banned from worldwide duties while police investigate his alleged role in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol three months ago.

Even if his national suspension is maintained by ECB's Cricket Disciplinary Committee (CDC), Stokes appears to be free to enter the 2018 IPL Auction.

The brilliant all-rounder landed himself a £1.7million deal and starring role with Rising Pune Supergiant a year ago.

Stokes failed to make a mark in his short stint in New Zealand's domestic cricket, with Canterbury, but things look bright for the Englishman.

"Ben asked for an NOC [No Objection Certificate] to play in New Zealand and we were happy to grant one", said Harrison.

European Central Bank chief Tom Harrison said: "We were happy to grant him an NOC to play in New Zealand".

"We could [say no] - but having given an NOC to go and play in New Zealand, I would imagine it would be hard for us to say we do not apply the same thinking to playing in another part of the world". He noted that the board will have to wait until the clearances are made on the legal ground.

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Tom Harrison further reflected back at the Bristol incident.

The CDC cannot pre-empt the criminal investigation, but the European Central Bank board could sanction Stokes' interim return anyway.

"If indications are accurate, we have been told that any likely situation could be six to 12 months away".

"Based on whatever the charging decision is. we will then have a board meeting to respond".

"Obviously what happened in Bristol was a very bad thing for the game, and it changed the level of scrutiny on player behaviour".

He added, "We would want board backing for a decision of this magnitude and the implications for it in terms of reputation is something we will have to work out".

Earlier this week, Michael Vaughan said that Stokes should be hurting the most after England conceded the Ashes at Perth.


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