The ECB in a press release announced the removal of Alexander Daniel Hales also known as Alex Hales after a second drug test came positive for the use of recreational drugs. He is currently facing a 21-day ban from playing professional cricket.
Is This the End of Alex Hales Cricket Career?
ECB managing director Ashley Giles while talking to the media made it clear to everyone that this was not the end of Alex Hales career, rather his removal was to prevent the team from getting distracted and ensure they remain focused on the task at hand.
He further stated that the board had worked very hard to provide its players with a healthy environment. The board places the national interest of the country above all matter and will not negotiate on it.
The ECB and the Players Cricket’s Association (PCA) have vowed to help Alex Hales in whatever manner they can to ensure a fast recovery and help him reach his full potential.
Action Taken Against Hales
This is not the first time Hales has faced disciplinary charge before this an incident in led him to lose England’s first-choice ODI team. According to the ECB disciplinary rules, a second violation results in a 21-day ban, therapy sessions and a fine that equates to 5% of the salary.
A third suspension results in a 12-month ban along with fines and disciplinary actions. The ECB fears that above all things this may end Hales career. Besides, being dropped from the national team Hales has been dropped from ODI team as well and will not be playing against Pakistan or Ireland in the upcoming tournament.
Controversies Surrounding the Situation
According to some media reports, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and England supreme Ashley Giles were aware of Alex’s drug abuse problem but kept everyone in the dark. The ECB chose not to comment and keep that matter confidential to prevent further scrutiny for all concerned parties.
Hales selection for the world cup team has lead people to speculate whether the top brass was trying to sweep this matter under the rug or genuinely trying to help.