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'Ben Stokes will make full explanation when time is right'

by 12/10/2017 19:20:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Somerset & Avon Police are investigating Bristol brawl involving Ben Stokes
  • A decision is to be made on whether or not he will face criminal charges 
  • The England all-rounder will not travel to Australia for the Ashes until then
  • His agent promised that public explanation of the incident will be forthcoming

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 10:12 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 19:20 EDT, 12 October 2017

Ben Stokes will give his version of the events which led to his arrest in Bristol 'when the time is right', his advisers revealed on Thursday.

Agent Neil Fairbrother broke management company ISM's silence on the affair to say the 26-year-old is concerned about the impact his arrest and the subsequent police investigation are having on England's Ashes preparations.

For now, however, Stokes is waiting to find out if he will be charged, leaving the all-rounder's participation against Australia in jeopardy. Somerset and Avon Police are still hoping for two witnesses to the early-hours brawl on September 25 to come forward.

Ben Stokes will issue a public explanation of events that led to his arrest in Bristol
Ben Stokes will issue a public explanation of events that led to his arrest in Bristol

Ben Stokes will issue a public explanation of events that led to his arrest in Bristol

In a statement, Fairbrother said: 'Ben will make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. That is not possible while the investigation continues and no charges have been brought. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process. 

'He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team-mates and the game of cricket itself, which he loves.'

Stokes will not travel with England to Australia on October 28, though the ECB have not made a decision on his participation in the series. 

However, his agent says Stokes does not want to 'prejudice' the ongoing investigation
However, his agent says Stokes does not want to 'prejudice' the ongoing investigation

However, his agent says Stokes does not want to 'prejudice' the ongoing investigation

Somerset take legal steps 

Somerset are preparing a legal challenge should they suffer relegation in the event of the ECB overturning Middlesex's points deduction for a slow over-rate.

Twenty-four hours after it was revealed Tim O'Gorman, the chairman of the ECB's discipline commission, would consider a Middlesex appeal against the two-point penalty imposed in the abandoned draw with Surrey at the Oval that ended prematurely after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the field, Somerset confirmed they were constructing a case of their own.

Somerset defeated Middlesex in a final-round County Championship relegation shoot-out last month to stay up by a single point – but would drop to Division Two instead if Middlesex were reprieved.

'We're confident the decision of the ECB is one which will stand. However, as a precautionary measure we've instructed a leading London-based law firm to prepare our case should the inconceivable happen,' said Somerset chief executive Lee Cooper.

'If the decision is taken to reinstate the points, we will be well placed to challenge this. Clearly our tactics for the last few games of the season were determined by the points we needed to achieve in order to avoid relegation, and for this goalpost to move retrospectively would be inequitable to say the least. 

'We are assured by the ECB that this point is understood, and consequently we're hoping for a swift conclusion in the next few days.' 

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