Last year, on 5 July 2020 Nottinghamshire batsman, Joe Clark was charged following the incident along with four other men. They are 30 aged Oliver, 20 aged Robert, and Xavie (who has played for Worcestershire Seconds), aged 20. But the case against this 25-year-old Joe Clarke has been relinquished. This batsman is no longer facing an affray charge and now he will be available for a T20 match against Leicestershire.
Clarke is undoubtedly England’s best-exposed T20 player and is considered one of the most promising batters in England.
The news was exposed by Clarke’s management, Phoenix. ”A number of media outlets reported that, following an incident in July last year, Joe Clarke had been charged with affray,” it read. “Joe maintained his innocence throughout and cooperated fully with police in providing an account of the incident. Appearing before Welshpool Magistrates Court in June, Joe entered a not guilty plea.
“We are pleased to advise that after a review of the evidence conducted by the Crown Prosecution Service following Joe’s first appearance, they have concluded that there was insufficient evidence and the case against Joe has been formally discontinued.”
This guy is truly a good player in the England cricket team. Clarke had been expected to stand trial in Mold Crown Court but will now be available for participating in the match. Clarke will be eager to resume a promising career that has already brought him 17 first-class centuries and three more in T20 cricket. He will play for Manchester originals in the hundred, where he will hope to press his international claims.
Clarke will continue to be available for selection, Notts have indicated that. A statement from the club said: The club is aware of the situation involving Joe Clarke and will await the outcome of those proceedings in due course.”
The WhatsApp syndicate & the final judgment
The career of Clarke’s has been marked by controversy, with the top–order bat sanctioned by the ECB for his involvement in WhatsApp group in which what a judge described as a “pathetic sexist game to collect as many sexual encounters as possible” was played out. It happened in July 2019. Clarke was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute over WhatsApp messages that he exchanged while a Worcestershire player and the message became public.
The judge’s comments came during the trial of Alex Hepburn, Clarke’s former teammate, who has been jailed for five years for a rape case.
However, Clarke with his four co-defendants now submitted a not guilty plea and now have been advised to close the matter because of the lack ness of proper accurate evidence.