Alex Hales will not play in the upcoming World Cricket Cup after being removed from all England groups for the international season.
The England and Wales Cricket Commission says the decision was based on "creating the right team environment and ensuring that there is no unnecessary distraction".
Hales has recently been suspended for an off-the-field incident that was not revealed by the council, but was reported by The Guardian as a three-week ban on recreational drug use.
This is the second time the batsman has been sanctioned in the ECB's disciplinary policy. He was fined and banned for six day games in December for his role in Kiwi-born England player Ben Stokes's night club incident in 2017, but the ban on four of these games was discontinued.
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Ashley Giles, ECB director for men's cricket, says the last suspension "is not the end of Alex's career as a player in England."
The World Cup starts on May 30th. Until then, England has played ODI matches against Ireland and Pakistan.
– Things with AP