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Stokes, Hales set to face Cricket Disciplinary Commission

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will face a Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel this week after they were charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the ECB.

The private hearing will take place over two days in London – on December 5 and 7.

The England duo were found to have breached the ECB Directive 3.3 following a much-publicised altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017, which prevented Stokes from being considered for selection in last winter’s Ashes series.

Ben Stokes leaves Bristol Magistrate’s Court on February 13, 2018

The Directive states: “No Participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any Cricketer or group of Cricketers into disrepute.”

In August, Stokes was found not guilty of affray following a trial at Bristol Crown Court, but he must now await his fate from the CDC panel, which is funded by the ECB but operates independently.

Stokes, a key component for his nation in all formats of the game, recently helped England to a 3-0 away-series whitewash of Sri Lanka, while England will tour the West Indies in the New Year. Hales, meanwhile, is a regular squad member in both the ODI and T20I team.

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