- The ECB has activated its disciplinary procedures against Ben Stokes
- The England all-rounder was arrested after Sunday’s one-day international
- Footage emerged of the England vice-captain appearing to throw 15 punches
- ECB statement says Stokes is ‘devastated’ and has apologised for his actions
The ECB has activated its disciplinary procedures against Ben Stokes but says it must wait for the outcome of the police investigation before action is taken.
Stokes was arrested for an incident which took place outside Bristol’s Mbargo nightclub after last Sunday’s one-day international against the West Indies.
English cricket’s governing body revealed in a statement that the all-rounder is said to be devastated has apologised for his actions.
The ECB has revealed that it has activated its disciplinary procedures against Ben Stokes
Video footage has emerged of Stokes’ (circled) part in a street brawl in Bristol on Monday
Stokes confronts another male as their argument spills out from the pavement on to the road
The 26-year-old appears to throw a right-hand punch during the street brawl
The England all-rounder stands over a male as the latter is on the road
England’s vice-captain appeared to throw at least 15 punches in footage captured in the early hours of Monday.
The statement revealed that the video is being reviewed at the highest level of the organisation.
Any decision to remove the Durham star from England’s Ashes squad will be taken by director of cricket Andrew Strauss in conjunction with the selection committee — which will then be sent to the ECB board to be ratified.
But no final decision can be made until the police have concluded their investigation, but the ECB admit there could be an announcement on Thursday to bring on interim measures for the 26-year-old.
More to follow
Alex Hales and Stokes photographed together during the night out in Bristol on Sunday
The England all-rounder spent a night in the cells before being released without charge
However, he was ruled out of Wednesday’s fourth ODI against West Indies at The Oval
But he was one of 16 players named in England’s provisional squad on Wednesday morning
The incident involving Stokes happened outside the Mbargo night club in Bristol
In an interview with The Times on Saturday, Stokes said about his abrasive nature on the field: ‘There is adrenaline. But I’d never punch someone.’
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