ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Alex Hales would have been in England squad if his suspension had not been revealed, says Ashley Giles

Hales was withdrawn from England’s preliminary squad on Monday to avoid “unnecessary distractions” ahead of the tournament after the Guardian newspaper reported he was serving a three-week ban for drug use.

Reuters, May 03, 2019 18:43:05 IST

Batsman Alex Hales would still be part of England’s World Cup squad if a news report had not revealed he had been suspended for recreational drug use, director of cricket Ashley Giles has said.

Hales was withdrawn from England’s preliminary squad on Monday to avoid “unnecessary distractions” ahead of the tournament after the Guardian newspaper reported he was serving a three-week ban for drug use.

File image of Alex Hales. Reuters

File image of Alex Hales. Reuters

“The effect of that breaking has led us to where we are. If anyone thinks that is right or wrong, it is the way it had to be,” Giles told the BBC.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not stated reasons for Hales’ removal.

Days after his selection for the World Cup, Nottinghamshire batsman Hales took an indefinite break from the game due to “personal reasons”.

“When the team was selected, myself and chief executive Tom Harrison were aware of a situation, but were bound by a duty of confidentiality,” former left-arm spinner Giles added.

“We were unable to share that with any of the key people in that environment.”

Following his omission, Hales’ management company said the ECB had assured their client that his suspension would not affect his World Cup hopes.

“There weren’t assurances given on World Cup selection,” Giles said. “To think myself and Tom have misled, hidden, U-turned or tried to sweep under the carpet is ridiculous.

“We were bound by a duty of confidentiality and maintained that. Unfortunately, someone else didn’t and a story has broken about an off-the-field incident.”

England captain Eoin Morgan said on Thursday that Hales’ actions showed a “complete disregard” for the values his team had built in recent years.

He confirmed it was the senior players who wanted Hales to play no part in their World Cup preparations.

“Eoin was clear on what he wanted. The selectors were unanimous on the decision and fully supported by myself and Tom,” Giles said.

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Updated Date: May 03, 2019 18:52:02 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254