In the backdrop of the uncertainty over England cricketer Ben Stokes’ participation in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), the IPL Governing Council has stated that a replacement will be provided for the England all-rounder in case he is unable to take part in the cash-rich T20 league. However, the replacement will only be provided if Stokes’ participation is ruled out before IPL kicks off, and not if he goes out mid-season.
The Governing Council’s statements have come following the initiation of legal proceedings against Stokes for involvement in a brawl-incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in later 2017. The England vice-captain was recently charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for ‘affray’ in regard to the brawl-incident from September last year, along with two other people who were involved in the incident.
Stokes to attend a court-hearing on 13 February
As reported by Deccan Chronicle, Ben Stokes has to be present before the concerned court on 13th February, as instructed by the CPS. On the other hand, the England cricketer’s name has popped up in the marquee set of players who are set to enter the 2018 IPL player auction for the top bracket Rs. 2 crore base price. The auction will take place in Bengaluru on 27th and 28th January.
Following the brawl-incident and subsequent suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Stokes had missed the Ashes and ODI series against Australia.
Since his involvement in the brawl-incident on September 25, Ben Stokes has not played any competitive cricket apart from the domestic cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand, which he played amidst numerous speculations in December.
Interestingly, the ECB who had put a halt on Stokes’ cricketing career following the initiation of the police probe, allowed the England vice-captain to play cricket for England only after he was charged for affray.