England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on Monday for being involved in a brawl at Bristol. A video has emerged where he can be seen manhandling a couple of people on the street. He was arrested at 2.35 AM on Monday in Clifton area of Bristol on the surmise of causing bodily harm in a drunken conflict.
After the 3rd ODI between England and Windies, that was played in Bristol, Stokes supposedly visited a nightclub and later, got involved in the brawl. After his arrest, he was later released without any charges. The opening batsman Alex Hales was also with Stokes during the incident.
Both Stokes and Hales missed the 4th ODI against Windies. Hales stayed back to assist the police in the investigation. Reports of Ben Stokes obtaining a minor fracture to his right hand also emerged.
In the video released by The Sun, Stokes can be seen throwing his fists at two men. One of them appears to be carrying a bottle in his hand. Stokes kept hurling nasty punches at them and one of them was pushed to the ground. Hales tried to calm his teammate down and shouted, “Enough, Stokes”.
As per reports, ECB has watched the footage. “We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun. There is an ongoing Police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process,” the ECB spokesman said.
It’s happened before
This is not the first time Stokes got involved in such an altercation. In 2012 during a night out, he was held by the cops. The next incident happened in 2013 while he was playing for the England, he got drunk one night and was sent back home from the tour for breaking disciplinary protocols.
Stokes and Hales not to be picked until further notice
ECB has decided that the duo won’t be picked in the England side until further notice. “Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September,” the statement read on Thursday