It seems that English cricketers are not having a good time at the moment and everything is not just about right for them. Earlier it was Ben Stokes who was banned by the English Cricket Board for getting involved in an infamous street fight with two men in a street on the outskirts of Bristol, but now, three more England players were to follow owing to ‘unprofessional conduct’.
The three suspects were confessed to a written warning and were sentenced to an undisclosed fine according to a statement released by ECB. To add the fact that Alex Hales was also suspended from national commitments in the aftermath of Ben Stokes’ incident that set the internet on fire.
Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball are the three cricketers who recently breached the code of conduct during the recently-concluded ODI series against the Windies as their off-field action was deemed to be contrary to the spirit of cricket.
Ben Stokes’ name was there in the England squad for the iconic Ashes but the fact is he won’t be jetting off to Australia. According to the ECB release, the star all-rounder will not play until a final call comes at the first place. “Ben Stokes will not travel at this stage, though no final decision has been taken on his involvement in Australia,” a ECB statement.
With speculations hovering around Ben Stokes’ clarity that he might miss till next May, things are not going down too well for him. It goes to show that he is likely to miss even the next Indian Premier League also. ”With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation,” Andrew Strauss who is England Director of Cricket said in a statement.