Days after England cricketer Ben Stokes’ arrest over a brawl at a nightclub in Bristol, the Sun has released a video which purportedly shows the England vice-captain throwing punches at two men. The England and Wales Cricket Board has also said that they have seen the video where a ‘person looking similar to Ben Stokes is seen punching another man.’
“We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun,” an ECB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “There is an ongoing police investigation that will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process.”
Video of England cricket superstar Ben Stokes in street brawl where he knocks out some chap.
Will the ECB act on this now? pic.twitter.com/aKS00fnIJV
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In the hazy video, a man appears to have a bottle in his hand while the England all-rounder throws punches on two men. The video is about one-minute long and Stokes can be seen throwing numerous punches. “Enough, Stokes” can be heard in the video, possibly from Stokes’ England team-mate Alex Hales who was with him on that night.
Stokes was named in England’s Ashes squad as vice-captain and despite a fractured finger and ongoing investigation, which was confirmed by England Cricket Director Andre Strauss, Stokes was deemed fit to travel to Australia for the Ashes which begin in November.
“I don’t think right now is the time to comment on what may or may not happen from a disciplinary point of view. At the moment, what I’m doing is speaking to the players individually to get their accounts of what went on on Sunday night. There is a disciplinary protocol that is in place as part of their conditions of employment. We need to follow that for all players who may be subject to disciplinary proceedings, including Ben,” Struass was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.