Stokes, Hales handed backdated bans

By Jack Davies 8 December 2018 85
Stokes, Hales handed backdated bans

England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been handed backdated bans following their involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Stokes was given an accumulative eight-match ban that also covered a second charge in relation to an inappropriate video but it was deemed that he has already served all of those.

The remaining four matches of Hales' six-match white-ball ban, which incorporated a second offence of inappropriate images, are suspended for 12 months.

All-rounder Stokes has also been fined £30,000, with Hales given a £17,500 penalty, £10,000 of which is suspended.

Stokes was charged with affray following the incident in Bristol, where Hales was also present, several hours after England's ODI against West Indies in the city.

The 27-year-old missed the third Test with India to face trial in August, but was found not guilty by a unanimous 12-person jury verdict. He returned to help England complete a 4-1 series win.

He also played all three Tests as England won 3-0 in Sri Lanka last month.

The two players admitted the charges brought against them by the Cricket Discipline Commission. 

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