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Ben Stokes cleared to play in IPL despite England ban

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The English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is currently banned from the England squad due to an assault out in Bristol last year, has been cleared to play in the Indian Premier League, and will be turning out for the Rising Pune Supergiants after being bought in an auction for  £1.7million.

The ECB has given permission for Stokes to be in the list of players available to compete in this year's Indian Super League, despite his long standing international ban.

This could make Stokes one of the highest paid players in the entire league without even being an international cricketer. 

After the ECB placed a ban on Stokes for the assault in Bristol, he was unable to turn out for the Ashes squad and has seen his time with England severely limited.

Officers have passed the case to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide if he will face any charges following the assault, which saw him leave with a broken hand.

The ECB will discuss their plans regarding Stokes' future as soon as the CPS makes their decision on the case, something the all-rounder will hope is done as soon as possible.

There was an initial hope that the situation would be resolved in time for England's star man to make it on the plane for the third Ashes trip, but with the criminal investigation process taking longer than expected, there was no shot of Stokes making the trip, much to the dismay of many England fans.

Alternatively from the Ashes trip, Stokes flew out to New Zealand to visit family, while also signing a short-term deal with Canterbury.

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Playing six games for the New Zealand side, it was evident he left his form back in England, showing his rust during the short stint.

For fans of the England squad, one can only hope the criminal process with Stokes' situation is cleared up as fast as possible and hopefully his form comes back as well to give England their firepower back.

So, despite a very forgettable 2017 for Stokes, he's received some good news to kickstart his 2018.

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