Alex Hales has been withdrawn from all of England’s squads including their preliminary World Cup squad almost a month to the day before the opening match of the competition.
Hales received a 21 day suspension last week after he tested positive for recreational drug use for the second time in his career.
He was initially still due to travel to Cardiff for a pre-season camp but has since been left out of the squad following an executive decision by the England Cricket Board.
A statement released by the ECB quotes Ashley Giles, ECB Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, saying the following:
“We have thought long and hard about this decision. 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.
“I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex’s career as an England player. 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.
The ECB indicated that a replacement will be announced soon.