Scandal-hit England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ return to international cricket took yet another twist on Thursday (January 18) after it was announced that his first court date clashes with the start of the Twenty20 series in New Zealand.
Just a day ago, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had given Stokes the green signal to feature in the forthcoming T20I series despite the affray charge on him for his involvement in the street brawl incident outside a nightclub in September last year.
England are due to play New Zealand in Wellington on February 13, but Avon and Somerset Police on Thursday announced that Stokes will have to be present in the court on the same date.
The three men charged in connection with a disorder on Queens Road, Bristol on 25 September last year will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on 13 February.— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) January 18, 2018
Ben Stokes, 26, of Durham, Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 26, both of Bristol, have each been charged with affray. pic.twitter.com/P7K6zZTLKj
England T2I Squad for Tri-Series:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.
Feb 03, Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Match, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Feb 07, Australia vs England, 2nd Match, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Feb 10, Australia vs England, 3rd Match, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Feb 13, New Zealand vs England, 4th Match, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Feb 16, New Zealand vs Australia, 5th Match, Eden Park, Auckland
Feb 18, New Zealand vs England, 6th Match, Seddon Park, Hamilton
Feb 21, TBC vs TBC, Final, Eden Park, Auckland