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Ben “Bad Boy” Stokes Faces Suspension

You’re too bad,
You’re too rude,
You’re too bad,
You’re too rude,

Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do?
When they come for you?
Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Bob Marley     

England all-rounder Benjamin Andrew Stokes is not one to be trifled with easily on a cricket pitch — he can be foul mouthed and confrontational as one gets under the pressure of a cricket game.

On day two of the second Test Match between the Windies at Headingley, Stokes’ was reprimanded for his behavior — a charge of “an inappropriate comment.”

Consequently, he was penalized with one demerit point for the offense, thus adding to his already two points.

Stokes now faces suspension if he gets to a total of four demerit points.

If Stokes incurs any further infraction, it will undoubtedly put England in a bind as they geared up for the Ashes later this year.

Stokes plays an integral role in England’s team and his potential absence for a Test against Australia is bound to cause a serious setback.

Players demerits remain on their record for twenty-four months, and one more offense before the end of October 2018 will result in suspension for Stokes from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first – except in the case of more grave offenses, which could attract longer suspensions.

Stokes found himself in a spot of bother after Shai Hope hit the fifth ball of the 101 st over through the cordon for four.

Stokes soured at the stroke and blew out an expletive which was “clearly audible through the stump mic and also heard by the match officials,” according to an ICC release.

His behavior amounted to a breach of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which deals with “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match.”

The match umpires brought the charge against Stokes, and the penalty levied by match referee David Boon.

Stokes accepted the offense, thus avoiding any prolonged hearing.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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