England's Hales banned for recreational drug use

England Opener Alex Hales Serving Three Week Ban For Recreational Drug Use

Alex Hales is set to take part in the World Cup, despite failing two drugs tests and pushing the England management to the brink of despair. The test can detect substances in the system for up to three months. Apart from that, Hales had tested positive for drug use once before as well, something that compounds his present offence.

Once a test is failed for a 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.

A spokesman for Hales later confirmed in a statement obtained by Press Association Sport that the batsman had been suspended "following an off-field incident last year".

The spokesperson added: "He will be joining the squad in preparation for next week's games and will be available for selection".

"Whilst the issue is not cricket related, Hales accepted that it was right that he was suspended".

The 30-year-old was given a six-match one-day worldwide ban in December. His career is witnessing its biggest phase for he not only secured a deal with Nottinghamshire last summer but also found a place in England's WC team. England are not obliged to name their final World Cup squad until May 23. "No further comment will be made on this issue".

A second violation can invoke a three-week ban and a 5 percent fine of the player's annual salary, at which point the player's county is informed, as well as the European Central Bank chief executive, Tom Harrison, and PCA chief executive, David Leatherdale. But the development is another blow for a player who was suspended and fined by England previous year after he and Ben Stokes were involved in a street fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Ashley Giles, the England team director, will once again remind the players of their responsibilities at their training camp in Cardiff this weekend.

The entire England World Cup squad, as well as fast bowlers Chris Jordan and the uncapped Jofra Archer, will assemble in Wales for a camp before ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan.

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