England opening batsman Alex Hales has been banned for using recreational drugs, just a month ahead of the forthcoming World Cup. A regular opener for England in T20s and ODIs, Hales has been named in the country’s squad for the World Cup.
It has been revealed that the England selectors were not aware about the test result at the time the squad was announced. Shortly after that announcement, however, it was disclosed that Hales was pulling out of Nottinghamshire’s Royal London Cup campaign for personal reasons.
He is currently serving a 21-day ban after returning a second positive test. Hales was also recently banned for six white-ball games (four of them suspended) and fined £17,500 by the ECB for his part in the Bristol brawl alongside Ben Stokes.