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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have given opener Alex Hales the green light to make his comeback after he was cleared by the police in relation to the street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.
While Hales has been cleared, it remains to be seen what course of action will be taken with all-rounder Ben Stokes as a video of the incident allegedly showed Stokes throwing numerous punches.
The ECB confirmed that Hales can represent England in all formats and also granted him a No Objection Certificate to participate in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai from December 21 to 24.
“Alex Hales will now be considered for England selection, following confirmation that he is no longer a suspect in relation to an incident in Bristol in September,” an ECB statement said. “The ECB Board has convened via conference call to make the decision after being informed that Hales is deemed a witness and will face no charges.
“The independent Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] has stayed the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings relating to the incident.
“Players, England Selectors and the England management team have all been informed.
“ECB has also approved a formal request for a ‘No Objection Certificate’ [NOC] to allow Hales to play in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai from December 21-24.”