Hales removed from England WC squad
England batsman Alex Hales has been removed from team’s Cricket World Cup squad after a second failed drugs test. England Cricket Board believes it took the right step in neglecting Hales in the best interest of the national team.
Hales has also been withdrawn from all other England squads following his 21-day ban for using recreational drugs.
“Consideration was given to creating the right environment within the team and ensuring that there are no unnecessary distractions and that the team is in the best position to succeed going into this crucial period,” read the statement.
England opener will not jet off to Ireland for a one-off ODI on Friday in Malahide. He has been withdrawn from England’s squad for the Vitality T20I, the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan, and the preparatory ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup squad.
After the ECB gave a statement regarding the news to confirm his removal, managing director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles said: “We have thought long and hard about this decision. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.
“I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex’s career as an England player. The ECB and the PCA will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”
England Cricket Board will soon announce a replacement for the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan.