Hales axed from WC squad | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 30, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 30, 2019

Hales axed from WC squad

England batsman Alex Hales will not feature at the World Cup after being withdrawn from all international squads following an off-field incident not related to cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Monday.

Hales was included in the 15-man preliminary World Cup squad for the tournament in England and Wales but it emerged last week that he had been sanctioned under the ECB’s disciplinary policy for a second time. A report in the Guardian newspaper said the hard-hitting batsman was serving a ban from cricket for recreational drug use.

A spokesman for Hales on Friday confirmed the Nottinghamshire batsman had been suspended “following an off-field incident last year”.

An ECB statement on Monday said: “Alex Hales has been withdrawn from all England squads ahead of the international season. We have thought long and hard about this decision.”

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