London - England all-rounder Ben Stokes was charged with affray on Monday
following an incident outside a nightclub, casting fresh doubt over his
international future after he missed the side's ill-fated Ashes tour.
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chiefs said they would meet in the next 48 hours to decide if Stokes
will be allowed to take part in England's upcoming tour of New Zealand,
for which he has already been selected.
The confrontation in
September in the southwestern city of Bristol reportedly left a man with
a fractured eye socket.
Stokes, 26, was suspended from international
cricket until further notice by the England and Wales Cricket Board
(ECB), meaning he missed the Australia tour.
"The CPS was passed a
file of evidence by Avon and Somerset Police on 29 November in relation
to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre," said a spokesperson
for England's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"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."
the two other men will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date
to be fixed following the incident in the early hours of September 25
after England had beaten the West Indies in a one-day international in
Responding to Monday's
announcement, Stokes vowed to "clear my name", telling his Twitter
followers: "I want to thank all those who have continued to support me
in relation to the Bristol incident, not least my family, friends, fans
"I gave a full and detailed account of my actions
to the police on day one - the same day as the incident - and have
co-operated at each step of the police inquiry.
"I am keen to have
an opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to
do this is when the case comes to trial.
"The CPS' decision to
charge me, as well as Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, at least means that my
account of what happened that night can come out in court and be made
public. Until then, my focus is very much on cricket."
already been ruled out of England's ongoing one-day international (ODI) series
in Australia and his next involvement in senior cricket could be in the
lucrative Indian Premier League after he was cleared by the ECB to play
in a second season of the franchise Twenty20 tournament.
crashed to a 4-0 defeat in Australia in the absence of the dynamic
Durham all-rounder, who is an aggressive middle-order batsman, lively
paceman and excellent slip fielder.
Stokes sparked talk of a
possible England recall by playing in his native New Zealand for
domestic side Canterbury for a month, but has since returned home to be
with his wife and young family.
Last week Stokes was included in
England's 16-man squad for the test tour of New Zealand, the country he
left as a child when his father got a job in England.
But the ECB
added that "his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or
disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in
"ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with
affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September," said a board
"The board will now convene within 48 hours to decide
on Ben Stokes's availability to represent England at this stage. A
further announcement will be made in due course."
law, affray, which refers to fighting in public, can carry a sentence of
up to three years in prison if the case is heard in a crown court.
But if the case is tried in a magistrates' court, the maximum penalty is a fine or six months in prison.