LONDON – Batsman Alex Hales has been withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad to avoid any “unnecessary distractions” ahead of the showpiece tournament, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.
Hales, who was named in England's preliminary World Cup squad, is serving a three-week ban for recreational drug use, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.
“We've worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team...” Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said in a statement.
“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.”
ECB Official Statement - Alex Hales.— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) April 29, 2019