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As the grand carnival of 2019 ICC World Cup is just a month away, the explosive opening batsman of hosting team England, Alex Hales has been banned by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a total three weeks after he was caught for recreational drug use.

The spokesperson for Hales said on the development,”he will be joining the squad in preparation for next week’s games and will be available for selection. Whilst the issue is not cricket related, Hales accepted that it was right that he was suspended. No further comment will be made on this issue”.

Earlier in 2018, the right-handed batsman was fined and suspended by the board after involving in a brawl with Ben Stokes outside the Bristol nightclub. Moreover, Hales has bagged total six centuries and 14 half-centuries in just 70 One Day International matches for his side.

Cricketers who fail to pass the test of recreational drugs in first time will not be named but in second time England and Wales Cricket Board straightly banned the player for 21 days from all forms of cricket while in the third time the alleged cricketer will be handed over the suspension of one year.

The 30-year-old cricketer had luckily paved his way to 2019 England World Cup squad after the England team selectors picked his name while announcing the 15-men team. Hosting team England will kick-start their cricket cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval Stadium, London.

Check out the list of 15-men squad of England for World Cup 2019:

England Squad for ICC World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan (Skipper), Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Tom  Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy and Chris Woakes