England top-order batsman Alex Hales has been witnessing very tough times in the last few weeks. Recently, it was learned that Hales was given a break from the game owing to personal reasons, but then a Guardian report revealed that he has been handed a three-week suspension for failing a recreational drug test. And now in the latest development, he has been dropped from all of the England squads ahead of the international season and most importantly, his name has been withdrawn from the earlier announced 15-member preliminary squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
He has made a huge mistake
While speaking on the whole controversy, Hales’ management has made a startling revelation in stating that the top-order batsman was given complete assurance by senior members of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that this 21-day suspension won’t affect his World Cup chances. The statement from the player’s management further mentioned that they are not at all trying to make any type of excuse for the mistake.
“Nobody is seeking to excuse Alex's behaviour in this instance. He absolutely acknowledges and recognises he made a huge mistake,” said the statement.
"The ECB insisted on Alex taking certain rehabilitation measures following his suspension... at every stage, Alex fulfilled his obligations and both he and his representatives were given assurances that any suspension - again under the ECB's guidelines - could not affect his selection for the World Cup,” the statement furthered.
The assurances have been rendered meaningless
The source further noted that it is highly unfortunate that a confidential suspension matter has flooded into the public arena. Hales has already a couple of times conversed with the key members of the England cricket board and expressed his regret and contrition. "It is unfortunate that a confidential matter made it to the public arena but, even before the publication of the story, Alex had again spoken to key members of the England organisation to express his regret and contrition. At that time, he again took away the message his World Cup place would be judged on playing merit.”
"The fact all those assurances seem to have been rendered meaningless has understandably left Alex devastated. Until the matter became public, the ECB had fully observed their own process and guidelines and given Alex the support and guidance laid out in those regulations. It is now disappointing to learn these guidelines seem to have been disregarded while, in this instance, player welfare would also appear to be low on their list of priorities."