Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury


England's Ben Stokes is on his way to New Zealand to play for Canterbury in the upcoming national domestic one-day competition, according to reports.

A photo widely shared on social media apparently shows Stokes walking through Heathrow Airport with large equipment bags.

By being in Christchurch, though, Stokes is only a comparatively short flight away from Australia and could quickly join the England team if police in Britain decides not to press charges after investigating his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub last September.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the former worldwide was making a private trip to spend time with his family, but Canterbury have confirmed that they've entered into informal negotiations with the 26-year-old.

In the fallout from the first Test loss, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has boarded a plane from the UK.

He was arrested before being released without charge and police and the European Central Bank are both still investigating the incident.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury
Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Stokes moved to England with his parents as a 12-year-old after his New Zealand rugby league worldwide father, Ged, took up a coaching job in Cumbria. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", a statement read.

"He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the English setup".

Canterbury meet Otago in a 50-over match on Sunday.

"But until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations".

Stokes has not been ruled out of the five-test series, but the England and Wales Cricket Board will not consider him for selection until further notice as it awaits developments in the ongoing investigation.

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