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Re: Ben Stokes

Postby Making_Splinters » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:09 pm

I've never really understood the ECBs handling of this matter. Yes, it initially made sense that he would be removed from the selection pool while there was a criminal investigation hanging over him, but then they let him go and play in New Zealand and be in the IPL auction. He's an ECB employee, it doesn't matter who he's playing for it's essentially the same as him playing for England.
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Re: Ben Stokes

Postby Adi » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm

So i guess he will play in IPL. Rajasthan Royals will be pleased to know he is available.
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Re: Ben Stokes

Postby Adi » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:09 am

Has made a decent comeback considering he missed lot of matches since the brawl.
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Re: Ben Stokes

Postby bigfluffylemon » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:03 pm

Trial date is set for August 6th, slab dab middle of the India test series. You do have to wonder if they did that on purpose.

Is five months from plea hearing to trial date normal? Is it just because of the case load of the court, or the time needed for parties to prepare (surely not, after six months from the incident), or another reason?

It's not actually on a test match day, but it's one day after the first test concludes. And it could easily go on long enough to eat into the second test. Even if it doesn't, you'd have to assume Ben will miss the second test, as he'll miss all the preparation. And would you pick him for the first test (his mind may well not be on the job in hand)?

I'm not saying the court has a duty to work around his schedule, far from it. If you're appearing on a criminal charge, your personal inconvenience is the last thing the court should care about. But the timing, if coincidental, seems to be rather unfortunate.
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