England opener Alex Hales has been banned from all cricket for 21 days by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after he failed a drug test. It is being reported that Hales has tested positive for a recreational drug.
According to a report in the Guardian, he is currently serving a 21-day ban after returning positive in the test. This is the second time Hales has been found guilty of using a recreational drug.
Prior to his ban, Alex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire had confirmed earlier.
Hales was named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, which starts from May 30.
Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week.
Hales was earlier fined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with team mate Ben Stokes in Bristol in 2017.
The 30-year-old Hales was given a six-match one-day international ban in December. He had already missed two games and the remainder of the ban was suspended for 12 months so he could be available for selection.
The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) said it would not comment “on any individuals in relation to the recreational drugs policy” due to the organisation’s duty of confidentiality.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could not immediately be reached for comment.