All-rounder Stokes, accused of involvement in an altercation outside a nightclub in the southwestern English city pleaded not guilty to the charge of affray
Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray in court on Tuesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.
Ben Stokes will travel to New Zealand on Wednesday
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) February 13, 2018
“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”
All-rounder Stokes, accused of involvement in an altercation outside a nightclub in the southwestern English city of Bristol that cost him his place on the Ashes tour, pleaded not guilty to the charge of affray.
Ben Stokes to join New Zealand tour.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) February 13, 2018
It follows the altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.
ECB confirm Ben Stokes will depart for NZ tomorrow (Wed). Confirmed he will NOT need to attend first hearing in crown court March 12 (ie will not have to fly back mid-tour)
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) February 13, 2018