Ben Stokes in talks with Canterbury over playing domestic New Zealand cricket

  • Ben Stokes in talks with Canterbury over playing domestic New Zealand cricket

Ben Stokes in talks with Canterbury over playing domestic New Zealand cricket

Cumbria's Ben Stokes appears to be on his way to The Ashes after he was spotted at Heathrow Airport.

Amid speculation the 26-year-old was set to play for Canterbury in a one-day game on Sunday, the team confirmed they had spoken to Stokes' representatives.

Stokes moved from New Zealand to England as a child so his father Gerard, a former rugby league worldwide, could take a coaching role. A report in the Telegraph newspaper said Christchurch-born Stokes hoped to play for Canterbury province during his stay.

Canterbury Cricket have been approached for comment but have not responded to RNZ's requests.

Asked about the prospect of taking Stokes on board, Curwin said: "The CCA Board and New Zealand Cricket will independently be considering this issue in the near future but, until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations".

Stokes was initially named in England's 16-man squad to tour Australia but was quickly stood down from worldwide duty following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol in September.

Ben Stokes arrives at Christchurch Airport after the long trip from London Heathrow
GEORGE HEARD STUFF Ben Stokes arrives at Christchurch Airport after the long trip from London Heathrow

European Central Bank confirm aware Ben Stokes on his way to New Zealand to see family. His travel has not been arranged by the European Central Bank.

"He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the English setup".

He was banned indefinitely from the England cricket squad after a video surfaced of him punching two people after a night out.

He is still awaiting the outcome of the police investigation.

But the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) quickly dismissed the rumour he would join the team for Saturday's second Test, saying he was instead paying for his own flights to visit family in New Zealand.