England international cricketer Ben Stokes has had a week to forget and the future of the all-rounder remains a subject of speculation following his arrest in Bristol recently.
Stokes was involved in a street brawl in the south-west county and has been suspended from England duty with immediate effect while the police conduct their investigation.
And according to The Sun, it might not be just the Ashes he misses.
The Durham star is almost certain to miss the Ashes but could now also miss the one-day internationals in Australia and the tour of New Zealand.
The exclusion of the talented Englishman for the entire winter schedule means the next time Stokes could feature in national team colours could be the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s on May 24 next summer.
The 26-year-old could also miss the IPL in 2018 too. Stokes, who played for Rising Pune Supergiants this year, will lose £2 million if the ECB refuse to issue a non-objection certificate, which will prevent him from competing.
The board are said to be horrified after video evidence emerged of Stokes flooring a man and throwing punches at others during the brawl in the early hours of last Monday.
England’s one-day batsman Alex Hales will also be handed the same punishment for his involvement in the brawl.
England chief Andrew Strauss is currently handling the internal investigation for England and has informed Stokes and Hales they will not be selected until further notice, at least till the ongoing police investigation.
An official announcement of the suspension is expected soon, Former captain Strauss is of the opinion that the board must act accordingly and demonstrate these breaches of discipline will not be tolerated.
Former captain Strauss is of the opinion that the board must act accordingly and demonstrate these breaches of discipline will not be tolerated.
He will provide evidence to the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission which will be headed by lawyer and ex-Derbyshire player Tim O’Gorman.
Avon and Somerset Police have revealed they will not prioritise the Stokes case, meaning it might take several weeks before they come to a conclusion whether to press charges.
The two witnesses of the incident are yet to come forward, despite the appeal of the police.
However, the silver lining amidst the brawl saga is Stokes and Hales will be given new central contracts, although their England futures are far from being safe.
The England squad for the Ashes leaves for Australia on October 28.