Ben Stokes to be available for selection for Canterbury’s 50-over Ford Trophy match


Ben Stokes had been banned from playing from International Cricket by the ECB, being allegedly involved in a wrangle outside a Bristol Night club just after the after England’s victory over West Indies in the third one day international. But recently Canterbury has signed him as their over-seas player and he would be available for selection for Canterbury’s 50-over Ford Trophy match against Otago in Rangiora on Sunday.
Stokes was given this opportunity after the unanimous agreement of Canterbury Cricket Association and the ECB. The Canterbury cricket board also held an emergency meeting to decide upon the decision of signing Stokes.
“After the approach from Ben’s representatives everything has happened very quickly for us to the extent that we are now delighted to welcome Ben into the team,” Stead said. “Ben will bring international experience to what is a relatively youthful changing room. He will also bring depth to our seam attack which has been affected by a string of injuries and provide more balance and firepower to our batting line up.”
Canterbury’s coach is very positive about welcoming Ben as he as a coach is also looking forward to positive vibes, experience-led training and advices by Ben which would be beneficial for the young aspiring cricketers of Canterbury. He also feels that Ben’s presence will also improve the performance of the young cricketers which would be clearly reflected in the upcoming matches as they defend the Ford Trophy title and play the Burger King Super Smash.