The right-handed batsman was tested positive for drugs
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has withdrawn the name of Alex Hales from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad.
The batsman has been dropped from the upcoming ODI against Ireland in Malahide on Friday and the five-match series against Pakistan.
The English cricket board took the decision after the right-handed batsman tested positive in a recreational drug test. He was handed a 21-day ban for the offence.
“We have thought long and hard about this decision,” said Ashley Giles, the ECB managing director of men’s cricket. “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.”
He added that it is not the end of the batsman’s career. “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 fulfill his potential as a professional cricketer.”
His replacement has not been announced yet and will be done at a later date.