Stokes given permission to play in IPL
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been given permission by the England and Wales Cricket Board to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Stokes is currently unavailable for England selection after being arrested for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
The Durham player is still awaiting the results of a police investigation.
Stokes, 26, was signed by Rising Pune Supergiant for £1.7m in last year’s edition of the IPL.
He has not been part of the Ashes Tests and although he was named in the ODI squad for the five-match series, he will not travel with the rest of the squad on 2 January with Dawid Malan added as cover.
When the Crown Prosecution Service decides if Stokes is to be charged or not, the ECB board will meet to decide his immediate international availability.