ECB softens recreational drugs policy
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has softened their recreational drugs policy.
This comes after the 21-day ban clandestine that led to Alex Hales miss out on the ICC Cricket World Cup last year.
Hales has been out of international cricket for England since the start of last summer following the Guardian’s revelation that Hales, one of England’s best T20 cricketer, was sitting out matches for Nottinghamshire because of a three-week suspension.
The punishment also included a fine worth 5% of Hales’ annual salary, after he had failed a follicle test – the method used to detect recreational drug use – for the second time in his career.
However, under the 2020 revised code, a second offence from now on will result in a 10% fee with no suspension and it will also remain confidential. Only a third such violation will trigger any sort of playing ban upto 12 months and public disclosure.
“We can confirm that there has been an update to the Recreational Drugs Policy for 2020. This was part of a broad consultation involving stakeholders from the wider game including first‑class counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association,” said an ECB spokeperson.
“The policy takes into account the important consideration of player welfare whilst ensuring there are meaningful sanctions for each violation. There was further consensus from all parties that any bans will be made public.”