England’s list of reserves for next month’s Test series against the West Indies includes Nottinghamshire hitter, Joe Clarke, indicating that his international blacklisting is ended. Fans can buy England vs West Indies Test Tickets from our website.
Because of revelations in the rape trial of his former Worcestershire team-mate Alex Hepburn, Clarke, 25, was advised in 2019 that he was not being considered for international selection at the time he was an England Lions regular. In April 2017, Hepburn was found guilty of raping a woman and sentenced to five years in prison, however, he was released in 2019.
Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore. A former Worcestershire teammate who now plays for Yorkshire. Were not suspected of any wrongdoing, but it was revealed in court that they were both members of a WhatsApp group that contained offensive messages about women. Which the judge described as a “pathetic sexist game.”
As a result, the ECB judged both of them guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. Fined them, and suspended them for four games. In 2020, Kohler-Cadmore was named to a 55-man team. Although Clarke has not played since 2019. The ECB has spoken little about the situation.
Clarke’s inclusion on England’s list of reserves
Clarke’s inclusion on England’s list of reserves for the much-changed team. For the West Indies tour looks to have eased the ECB’s position. Clarke will not travel to the Caribbean unless. One of his players contracts Covid or suffers an injury before the tour’s departure on February 24.
Clarke has always been regarded as a promising player. With a first-class average of 37.6 and 18 centuries to his credit. He has been a prolific T20 franchise player in recent years. And he is presently playing with Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.
Despite interest from franchises, Clarke decided not to enter the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) auction. Which takes place this weekend, in order to play County Championship cricket. And strengthen his case for England selection this summer. His presence in this small, unannounced group looks to make that highly likely.