Author: Abhishek Rajan
Ben Stokes has issued an apology for the language he used towards a South Africa supporter while returning to the pavilion on the first day of the fourth Test match against South Africa which is currently going on at the Wanderers Stadium.
Stokes, who has been in brilliant form with both bat and ball in the ongoing Test series, was dismissed early by the South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje.
Stokes decided to drag a “fourth stump” delivery towards the on-side and in order to do so, he closed the face of the bat early which resulted in a leading edge and he was holed out in the slip cordon.
As Stokes was making his way back to the pavilion, an elderly man from the stands seemed to say something to Stokes, to which the England all-rounder lost his cool and reportedly hurled abusive words.
The 28-year old, who was the man of the match in the World Cup final last year, had to receive a lot of flak as his response to the spectator was caught on camera.
Stokes came out with a statement on twitter at the end of the day’s play, admitting that the way he responded was “unprofessional”, but the England vice-captain also revealed that he was repeatedly getting abused.
Here is the full statement released by Stokes –
“As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd.”
“I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world.”
“Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win.”
Although he has apologized, Stokes might still have to face consequences for his act, as ICC is really intolerable towards such behavior on the cricket field.
The good thing with the Enlishman is that he currently doesn’t have any demerit points to his name, which might save him from suspension and he might get away with only a fine.
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