England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales charged with bringing game into disrepute by ECB over Bristol nightclub incident

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An independent Cricket Discipline Commission has ruled that disciplinary panel hearings will be held in London on Wednesday, December 5 and Friday, December 7

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board with bringing the game into disrepute.

The duo will face disciplinary hearings in London in December following their involvement in a late-night altercation in Bristol last year.

Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray after the fight outside Bristol nightclub

Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray after the fight outside Bristol nightclub

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An independent Cricket Discipline Commission was tasked with leading an internal disciplinary into last September’s incident after Stokes was found not guilty of affray following a seven-day trial last month.

Stokes and Hales will have to answer to two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3, which states: “No participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”

The CDC has ruled that disciplinary panel hearings will be held in London on Wednesday, December 5, and Friday, December 7.

The CDC has the remit to impose penalties including an unlimited fine or suspension and termination of registration.

The ECB decided to wait until the conclusion of criminal proceedings against Stokes before commissioning an investigation into the behaviour of the all-rounder and Hales on the night in question.

Stokes was arrested and later charged following a fracas outside a nightclub midway through a one-day international series against the West Indies. Hales was not charged.

The duo played no further part in the Windies series while Stokes missed the entirety of last winter’s tour of Australia, including the Ashes, due to the police investigation that was ongoing at the time.

Stokes returned to action during the New Zealand tour but was forced to miss the second Specsavers Test against India this summer due to a clash with his trial.

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