England withdraw Alex Hales from all worldwide squads

Alex Hales

Alex Hales has been dropped from England's World Cup squad after failing a second drugs test.

"We are hugely disappointed at the treatment of our client, Alex Hales, by the European Central Bank following his ejection from England's preliminary World Cup squad", the company said in a statement.

According to an European Central Bank statement, the decision was taken by Managing Director of England Men's Cricket Ashely Giles and the national selectors, which is headed by Ed Smith in the best interests of the England team.

European Central Bank director for men's cricket Ashley Giles and chairman of selectors, Ed Smith, sat in a meeting to take the call on the fate of Alex Hales.

"The ECB and the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) will continue to aid Alex.to give him the support he needs to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer".

A report in the Guardian newspaper said the hard-hitting batsman was serving a 21-day ban from cricket for recreational drug use.

Hales was included in the preliminary 15-man party but last week's revelation that he had been suspended for an off-field incident not related to cricket put his involvement in considerable doubt.

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While ECB haven't named an immediate replacement, for the fact that they have time until May 23 to finalise their World Cup squad, James Vince, who has been in form in the Royal London Cup with 402 runs from five innings so far, including a remarkable innings of 190 against Gloucestershire, is likely to be the man who will be with the team for the Ireland and Pakistan team.

As a result of his first suspension, Hales - one of the world's most explosive ODI batsmen - lost his place in England's ODI side, with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow the new opening partnership. However, later on, it was revealed that he will join the England camp on May 30 ahead of the ICC World Cup.

It said in a statement: "We are hugely disappointed at the treatment of our client, Alex Hales, by the European Central Bank".

"The ECB insisted on Alex taking certain rehabilitation measures following his suspension".

The 30-year-old is therefore set to miss the one-off one-day worldwide against Ireland in Malahide on Friday and the limited-overs series against Pakistan which follows, as well as the World Cup campaign. In line with both the European Central Bank and PCA guidelines, those measures must remain confidential.

England face a monumental next few months.

Hales missed Nottinghamshire's One-Day Cup games last week for what the county described as "personal reasons". "Whilst the issue is not cricket-related, Hales accepted that it was right that he was suspended".

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