Troubled Cricketer Ben Stokes as been named in England’s 15 man squad for their Five Match one day Series against New Zealand, despite the All rounder facing charges of Affray related to an Incident outside a night club in Bristol last September.
However, the 26 year olds involvement is subject to any Court restrictions placed and his arrival in New Zealand will be delayed until he appears before Bristol Magistrates on 13th February with the series starting on the 25th. Stokes first Involvement could be in the 2nd T20 match against New Zealand scheduled for February 18th in Hamilton.
Stokes has not played for England since the incident, having been deemed unavailable and stepped downed from international duty while Investigations were taking place. This means he missed the recent the Winter Ashes Series and the Limited-Overs series against Australia, although the ECB did allow him to play domestic Cricket in New Zealand during that time.
Stokes Inclusion in the squad means there is no place for Batsman Dawid Malan who was Called up to cover Stokes following his withdrawal from the 4-1 series win over the current World Champions Australia.
There is also a place for England’s test Captain Joe Root who has been rested for the Twenty-twenty Tri-series between Australia, New Zealand and Australia which starts on Saturday.
Following the tour of New Zealand, Stokes has been given permission to play in the Indian Premier League and as recently as last Saturday was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for a fee of £1.38m at the leagues auction event. Two over England players were involved with Test Captain Joe Root and One day skipper Eoin Morgan both failing to agree deals.
England's 15-man squad versus New Zealand: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.