ECB allows England all-rounder Ben Stokes to take part in Indian Premier League 2018

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed all-rounder Ben Stokes to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) even though uncertainty remains over his international comeback in the wake of his involvement in a pub brawl.

PTI, January 02, 2018

London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed all-rounder Ben Stokes to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) even though uncertainty remains over his international comeback in the wake of his involvement in a pub brawl.

Ben Stokes of Rising Pune Supergiant bowls during the match against Kings XI Punjab. IPL/Sportzpics

Ben Stokes of Rising Pune Supergiant bowls during the match against Kings XI Punjab.
IPL/Sportzpics

The BBC reported that Stokes has got the permission to play in the cash-rich league. The 26-year-old should be a sought-after buy in the auction later this month, considering was bought for a whopping $ 2.16 million before the 2016 edition.

Stokes was not picked for the Ashes due to an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He was later picked for the five-match ODI series against Australia before being replaced by Dawid Malan.

It is unlikely that he will be picked for national duty till the outcome of the police investigation.

Stokes was also granted permission to play limited overs cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand, leading ECB chief executive Tom Harrison to say that it would be difficult to prevent him from playing the IPL.

The 2018 edition will be played from 4 April to 31 May.

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
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