Ben Stokes can still be a task model despite his role in a fight out a Bristol nightclub in September 2017, states England and Wales Cricket Board leader Tom Harrison.

England all rounder Stokes, 27, has been cleared of affray in August.

He also missed five weeks of England matches, including the Ashes, and has been fined £30,000 by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission (CDC) earlier this season.

When asked if Stokes can still be a rolemodel for English cricket,” Harrison said:”I do think they could – he’s been through a year that’ll serve as a consistent reminder of how quickly things could fail if you enable them.

“He has great people around him, he’s got good support arrangements and I’m convinced he’s learnt a lesson”

Stokes was stripped off his job as vice captain of this Evaluation side however, since the decision of the legal proceedings , has reaffirmed himself as one of England’s most critical players, including playing a crucial role within their 3-0 Test series triumph in Sri Lanka.

The Durham all rounder pleaded guilty to most of ECB charges over the struggle and also an”improper video” on societal media in a case ruled on by the CDC, which is separate from the ECB.

Harrison said the sanctions weren’t conveniently timed nor associated with Stokes’ crucial role in either the Evaluation and limited overs sides.

“We’ve got an independent body making these judgements, they have been qualified people and also this was a suitable procedure,” he said.

“The sanctions passed down are serious, that is not some thing which’s been brushed under the rug.

“Ben is still an integral part of the Test and ODI team but I don’t think that has got anything related to the sanctions that have been passed down – the processes are different and deliberately so.”

After the CDC verdict, Stokes said he’d”learned lessons” and also apologised into England supporters and the people for”bringing the game into disrepute”.

Batsman Alex Hales faced no criminal charges for his role in the struggle but has been fined £17,500 by the CDC, £10,000 of which will be suspended for 12 months, and has been prohibited for six white-ball games, two of which were served and the rest of the four are suspended.

Harrison said it had been an”exceptionally negative episode” to get England cricket but believed the match is now”ready to forgive and move on”.


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