Ben Stokes will give full explanation of arrest, says agent Neil Fairbrother

Ben Stokes will give full explanation of arrest, says agent Neil Fairbrother

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Ben Stokes will give a “full explanation” of his arrest when the time is right, according to his agent Neil Fairbrother.

The all-rounder is suspended from England selection pending a police investigation after he was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in Bristol last month.

As it stands, he will not travel to Australia with the rest of the England squad for this winter’s Ashes series as he waits to learn whether he will face criminal charges.

Stokes was dropped by sponsor New Balance on Wednesday, hours after apologising for imitating Katie Price and her disabled son.

But Fairbrother, Stokes’ agent with International Sports Management, has pledged to support his client.

“Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing,” Fairbrother said.

“I am aware that he has fully co-operated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident. He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.

“Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.

“He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team-mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves.

“We will not be making any further comment relating to this at this time.”

(c) Sky News 2017: Ben Stokes will give full explanation of arrest, says agent Neil Fairbrother