Earlier, England has announced their squad for ICC Cricket world cup 2019. Host England will inaugurate world cup 2019 by playing against South Africa on 30th May. Before world cup England has to play a series against Pakistan and a one-off ODI against Ireland.
But it seems like their problem with players are not ending. First Jason Roy and Tom Curran got injured, after that Sam Billings got injured. Now, their one more world cup bound player is in trouble due to drug abuse. England batsman Alex Hales has failed a drug test. Alex is understood to have tested positive for a recreational drug in recent weeks.
Hales has been banned for 21 days for recreational drug use. Hales, who was named in England’s provisional 15-man World Cup squad just last week, has not played for Nottinghamshire this season after making himself unavailable for his county just seven days ago for “personal reasons”. However, The Guardian reported that Hales is serving a three-week ban handed down by the England and Wales Cricket Board for failing a drugs test for the second time.
The ECB have refused to release an official statement on the matter, with a spokesperson for the organisation saying: “We have a duty of confidentiality, therefore we are unable to provide any further comment”. All cricketers under the ECB’s jurisdiction are subject to hair follicle testing at the start and end of each season. The testing of hair follicles means banned substances can be detected up to three months after their consumption. Hales was found to be in drug abuse in this test.
Players that fail a recreational drug test for the first time are not named and the matter is dealt internally by the ECB & Professional Cricketers’s Association who in turn offer rehabilitative support. If a player fails the test second time, an automatic three-week ban comes into effect from the date the player is informed of the results, along with a fine of five per-cent of their annual salary. The player’s county is informed, along with ECB chief executive and PCA chief executive. A third failed test means that the player could have his domestic and international contract terminated immediately.
While the exact date of the notice handed to Hales is unknown, it is believed he would have served his 21-day ban before England’s ODI against Ireland, their first international fixture of the summer, on May 3.