Canterbury confirm Stokes approach

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The suspended 26-year-old was purportedly photographed at a London airport, sparking speculation England was rushing him to Australia in the wake of the visitors' 10-wicket loss at the Gabba.

Canterbury confirmed they had "initial informal discussions" regarding England all-rounder Ben Stokes' availability while in New Zealand.

"I'll be sat at home watching and following the lads in the hope they do really well", Stokes said in a video.

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jeremy Curwin believes Stokes' flight will arrive in Christchurch today.

New Zealand Cricket spokesman Richard Boock said his organization "has yet to receive a formal request regarding Ben Stokes".

"NZC has an open mind on the issue and will await further information before making a decision".

The England all-rounder was ruled out of his national side's opening Ashes Test with Australia due to an ongoing police investigation, relating to a street brawl in Bristol two months ago.

European Central Bank confirm aware Ben Stokes on his way to New Zealand to see family.

Stokes was arrested after video footage purportedly showed England's test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight after a night out celebrating England's win over the West Indies in a limited-overs worldwide.

Reports from The Times of United Kingdom claim the 26-year-old has been given clearance from the English Cricket Board (ECB) to play in the Ford Trophy, which gets underway on Sunday. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", it said in a statement.

Stokes was arrested in September by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub and has not been considered for selection since.

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