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England all-rounder Ben Stokes and opener Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC).
They will now have to attend a hearing on December 5 and 7 in front of a three-member panel, which will be chaired by former Derbyshire batsman Tim O’Gorman. The other two members of the panel are Chris Tickle and Mike Smith.
Both Stokes and Hales have been charged with two counts of violating 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 can impose sanctions that vary from an unlimited fine or suspension to termination of registration.
The hearing will be held between England’s tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies, meaning that both Stokes and Hales will be available for both series.
The hearing will revolve around Stokes and Hales’ involvement in a brawl that took place outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol in September last year.
While Hales was not arrested or charged, Stokes was charged with affray, but found not guilty at Bristol Crown Court last month.