Stokes given IPL chance
The England and Wales Cricket Board have given all-rounder Ben Stokes permission to play in the 2018 Indian Premier League.
The all-rounder has played no part in the current Test series with Australia and is unavailable for the post-Ashes one-day contests after being arrested for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub back in September.
The 26-year-old is still waiting to hear the outcome of a police investigation and will not play international cricket while that process is ongoing.
The Durham man has already kept his hand in by turning out for New Zealand side Canterbury in six white-ball games and it seems he will be able to join the lucrative sub-continental extravaganza once again.
Stokes was signed by Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.7m last year and went on to be named man of the tournament.
England are due to play two Tests in New Zealand in late March and early April, with the IPL set to begin on April 4.
Should there be no resolution to Stokes' situation by that time, the hard-hitting left-hander may be free to play the entire tournament.
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