England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given green light to all-rounder Ben Stokes, to enter the IPL 2018 draft.
Stokes has been ruled out of the squad for the ODI series against Australia, starting January 14. On the other hand, Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan has been confirmed as Stokes’ replacement. The latter remains in a limbo due to a delay in decision on the Bristol incident that occurred in September, last year. As reported by Sport24, the England board confirmed,
"ECB can also confirm that Ben Stokes has been given approval to enter the IPL draft and granted a no objection certificate (NOC. Should ECB receive formal confirmation that he has either, a) been charged or, b) will face no charges, the ECB board would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability to represent England at that stage."
Stokes, who was a part of the Rising Pune Supergiants squad in season 10, racked 312 runs and picked 12 wickets in 12 matches before being recalled by the ECB to join training camp in Spain. Subsequently, the swashbuckling batsman missed IPL play-offs.