LONDON, England (Reuters) – Ben Stokes has been included in England’s one-day squad for the five-match series in Australia despite being under suspension.Stokes is currently unable to play for his country pending a decision on whether to charge him in connection with an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September.But he has been named in the 16-man squad for the ODI series starting next month after selectors were given “clear guidance to name their strongest squad”.He is joined by Alex Hales, who was also suspended after the Bristol incident but has since been told he can play for England after police confirmed he would not face criminal charges.Both players could yet face disciplinary action by the England and Wales Cricket Board.But with Stokes’ situation still not determined, he may not feature in the five-match one-day series, let alone the current Ashes series.The England all-rounder is currently in New Zealand, where he is playing for Canterbury after being granted dispensation by the ECB.With no decision yet made on whether to prosecute him, his chances of featuring in the Ashes, which has three Tests remaining, are diminishing.“Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Ben Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage,” the ECB said.Also in the one-day squad are Kent batsman Sam Billings and Yorkshire’s David Willey, who is selected ahead of Essex’s Ravi Bopara.The first one-day international is in Melbourne on January 14.England squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (capt.), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Submit Share 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Related Articles 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Online gambling group 888 Holdings has defended its decision to put non-executive chairman Brian Mattingley up for re election, citing Mattingley’s wealth of experience within the gambling industry as a key factor. The decision follows on from a meeting with investors in which 21% voted against re-election of Mattingley at the company’s annual meeting in May.Mattingley’s re-election faced opposition from shareholders due to his long tenure at the company, having previously served on the company board in 2005. He has since served as CEO, non-executive director, executive chairman and non-executive chairman.Under UK corporate rules, company board directors are not expected to serve on the board for longer than nine years, with longer tenures said to be impactful on a director’s independence.“The board’s decision to retain Mr Mattingley as its non-executive chairman reflects the significant value he brings to the board, including in particular his wealth of gambling industry and public company experience, deep knowledge of the business and industry contacts,” the Gibraltar-headquartered company said in a statement. “The board believes Mr Mattingley’s continued tenure as non-executive chairman benefits all shareholders.”It added: “The board recognises the importance of future succession planning and was recently strengthened through the appointment of Mr Mark Summerfield as a non-executive director and chairman of 888’s audit committee on 5 September 2019. The company continues to look at potential additional non-executive director appointments to the board and will seek to provide a further update on this matter by its next annual general meeting in May 2020.”