England Vice-Captain Ben Stokes Could Face 5 Years In Prison After Assault In Bristol Nightclub
Ben Stokes is the England vice-captain and arguably the best all-rounder in the world in all three formats of the game right now. Stokes has performed with the bat and ball for England at crucial times and was to be one of their key players in the up-coming Ashes series. However his future is now in jeopardy after the authorities in Bristol arrested Stokes at 2.35 am on Monday for causing bodily harm to a 27 year old man.
Stokes Could Get 5 Years
England had won their ODI match against the West Indies on Sunday night and afterwards Stokes and England opener Alex Hales went over to a club for a few drinks. While the matter is currently under investigation, it appears that Stokes might have been wound up and then punched another lad at the club. Stokes was arrested and spent the night in prison before being released without charge but remains under investigation.
Stokes suffered damage to his right hand and will miss the 4th ODI against the West Indies along with Hales who has decided to voluntarily cooperate with the authorities to give them more information about the incident. Andrew Strauss, the director of cricket went down to Bristol and met with Stokes after his release from prison. If Stokes is convicted, he could face up to 5 years in prison. Strauss has also confirmed the ECB will launch its own internal investigation into the matter.
Is Stokes A Troublemaker?
This is not the first time that Stokes has been in trouble in the middle of a series. He has a history of going out and partying at night. When the England Lions toured Australia in 2013, Stokes was disciplined and sent home for late night partying. Stokes was also warned this summer by International Sports Management, which acts as his agent after he was seen partying during the England vs. South Africa series that took place this summer. Stokes also ruled himself out of the T20 World Cup in 2014 when he punched a dressing room locker and broke his wrist.
The ECB had plans on releasing its list of players for the Ashes today and Stokes was the vice-captain and a guaranteed selection. That may no longer be the case as the ECB will almost certainly strip him of the vice-captain role and might impose more disciplinary action against him for his behavior.