Ben Stokes and Alex Hales to be offered new contracts by ECB

5 October 2017, 10:47

The ECB are expected to offer Ben Stokes and Alex Hales new contracts on Friday, despite the ongoing investigation into the brawl outside a Bristol nightclub, Sky sources understand.

Stokes is expected to be offered a new central contract, while Hales will also retain his incremental deal.

Contracts for England's international cricketers will be revealed on Friday, with the announcement having been delayed from Wednesday.

The ECB are understood to be keen for Stokes to remain under contract while investigations by Avon and Somerset Police continue.

Stokes and Hales remain on full pay, but are unable to play for England following the incident which took place in the early hours of September 25, the morning after they had defeated West Indies in the third one-day international in Bristol.

The ECB were also set to announce the ODI squad for the Ashes Tour this week, however, this has been delayed with no future date for release yet agreed.

The PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) Awards dinner took place on Wednesday night but neither Stokes nor Hales attended.

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