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Alex Hales withdrawn from England’s ICC World Cup squad

ICC World Cup: Hales was earlier banned for 21 days for recreational drug use and has not played for Nottinghamshire this season after making himself unavailable for his county for “personal reasons”.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2019 14:21 IST
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Alex Hales of England bats during the 4th One Day International match between the West Indies and England at Grenada National Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Grenada, Grenada. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday withdrew opening batsman Alex Hales from all England squads ahead of the international season, which also includes the 15-member provisional squad announced for the ICC World Cup.

ECB in a statement said,”The decision has been taken by the ECB Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket and the England National Cricket Selectors, having considered what is in the best interests of the England team. 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.”

Hales was earlier banned for 21 days for recreational drug use and has not played for Nottinghamshire this season after making himself unavailable for his county for “personal reasons”.

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“The Nottinghamshire batsman will not travel to Ireland for a one-off ODI on Friday in Malahide and has also been removed from England’s squad for the Vitality IT20, the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan and the preliminary ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup squad,” ECB further added.

Commenting on the decision, Ashley Giles, ECB Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, 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 will name a replacement for the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan, in due course.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 14:19 IST