England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
The 26-year-old missed the Ashes series in Australia as a consequence of the incident, with the England and Wales Cricket Board opting to rule him out.
The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement: “The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on November 29, 2017 in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre.
“Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.”
Avon and Somerset Police added in a statement: “Three men have today been charged in connection with an incident of disorder on Queens Road, Bristol on September 25 last year.
“Having carefully considered the evidence, the CPS has today authorised Ben Stokes, 26, of Durham, Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 26, both of Bristol, to each be charged with one count of affray.
“They will appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court at a date to be confirmed.”
The end of 2017 was a horrid few months for Stokes, both on and off the field.
After being caught up in late-night drama in Bristol, Stokes was removed from Joe Root's Ashes squad, and eventually missed out on the whole series, despite reports claiming he could have made the third Test.
The ECB have also released a statement regarding the all-rounder, and they've said: “ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September.
“The Board will now convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes’ availability to represent England at this stage.
“A further announcement will be made in due course.”
However, the investigation took longer than expected, and due to it, Stokes never joined up with the England squad, who went on to lose the series 4-0 Down Under.
He did, however, play a few games in New Zealand for Canterbury, but he then returned to England a couple weeks later.
What's next for Ben Stokes? No-one currently knows, but it doesn't look good for the cricketer.
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