ECB Official Statement

Here, in full, is the ECB Official Statement regarding Ben Stokes being unavailable for the remaining two Tests vs. Pakistan.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the #raisethebat Test series against Pakistan for family reasons.

Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand. He will miss England’s two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday 13 August and Friday 21 August.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, requests that all media respects the family’s privacy at this time.”

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