The England all-rounder has now been charged following a fight outside a Bristol nightclub. Stokes along with two other men are due to appear before magistrates at a future date.
Stokes has already missed the Ashes series and will now have to withdraw from the ODI squad. The ECB have confirmed that he will not be considered for any England matches “until further notice”.
Legally ‘Affray’ is a triable either-way charge, which means the case can ultimately be heard in either the magistrates’ court or the crown court.
It carries a maximum penalty when tried summarily – in the magistrates’ court – of a fine and/or up to six months in prison, and when tried on indictment – in the crown court – of up to three years in prison.
In the light of the charge Stokes issued this statement: “I want to thank all those who have continued to support me in relation to the Bristol incident, not least my family, friends, fans and team-mates.
“I gave a full and detailed account of my actions to the police on day one – the same day as the incident – and have cooperated at each step of the police inquiry.
“I am keen to have an opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to do this is when the case comes to trial.
“The CPS’ decision to charge me, as well as Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, at least means that my account of what happened that night can come out in court and be made public.
“Until then, my focus is very much on cricket.”