Fri. May 24th, 2019

Stokes and Hales fined by ECB after Bristol fight

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England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been fined but will not miss any more matches following their involvement in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged the players with two counts of breaching its directive 3.3, which warns against behaving in a manner that could be “prejudicial to the interests of cricket” or bring “cricket into disrepute”.

Both players admitted both charges and Stokes was fined £30,000, while Hales was fined £17,500 – £10,000 of which was suspended.

Stokes also received an eight-match ban from England matches. He has already missed them, meaning he remains eligible for immediate selection.

Hales has been banned from six white ball, or limited overs matches, two of which he has already missed. The other four were suspended, meaning he too is eligible for immediate selection.

Centurion Alex Hales salutes the Trent Bridge crowd
Image: Alex Hales was not charged by police

In September, the pair were involved in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol.

Stokes, 27, was subsequently found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial heard he was acting in self-defence when he punched two men.

Hales, 29, was not charged by police.

Within hours of the court verdict, the ECB said Stokes would be included in their squad after being dropped during the winter Ashes tour to Australia when he was charged following the brawl.

Reacting to the ECB’s punishment, Stokes said: “I regret the incident ever happened.

“I apologise to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute.

“Although the disciplinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer.”

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Hales said there was “no doubt I fell below the high standards expected of an international sportsman”.

He added: “I sincerely apologise for putting myself in a position which allowed these very regrettable incidents to happen.”

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