The Ben Stokes hullabaloo and the following hiatus, finally rang the bell at England and Wales Cricket Board. Lately, Director of the Board, Andrew Strauss, voiced to get Stokes out of his woes as soon as possible. The board is particularly worried about the upcoming Ashes series against Australia. Strauss termed the situation as "complicated" citing two factors working on the player. While ECB is through its own disciplinary actions to act on the player, the police department of Avon and Somerset have scores to settle with Stokes. Under this circumstance, Strauss wants a confirmation from the police so that the Board could work on the roadmap for Ashes with or without Stokes.
Police did not charged Stokes until now, even if the player was arrested after the Bristol incident. Stokes was involved in a street-brawl outside a night club during the ODI series against West Indies. The player is currently though his best form. Presently, the investigation agencies claim to be investigating into the case, while, ECB put Stokes on suspension. To break the impasse on the player, the ECB director appealed to confirm the status on the all-rounder. He said, until the board "know more from the police," it would be difficult to plan-ahead. Strauss wanted "clarity" on the situation and if Stokes should be dropped for a defined period.
The Ashes fever is soaring high in both England and Australia. England is comparatively in a better and more competitive position to Australia. In the first warm up match, England's top bowling bet was James Anderson. Strauss wants England team to come up strong as on their previous visit to Australia, back in 2006, they faced a whitewash as visitors. Ben Stokes is a crucial player in the England player and he would be a massive advantage if on-board with the team for Ashes.
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