England striker Alex Hales has been reprimanded by the Cricket Disciplinary Committee (CDC) for an old photo of him wearing a ‘black face’, which was published in a national newspaper last year. Hales had issued a public apology when the photo was published by The Sun last year. According to Sky Sports, the image was apparently taken in 2009 when the hitter was 20 at a New Years Eve party.
According to ESPNCricinfo, during the investigation, Hales questioned the need for “repeated publication of these old questions”, but arbitrator Chris Tickle ruled that “the interests of transparency should prevail”. According to the Cricket Council of England and Wales, the CDC is a body operating at arm’s length from the council and hears disciplinary cases in the domestic professional game in England and Wales.
In August this year, Hales was charged with breaching ECB Directive 3.3, which states: “No such person shall conduct himself in a manner or do any act or omission which might be detrimental to the interests of the cricket or which might bring the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.” Hales acknowledged the charge and told the CDC he had taken steps “to ensure that the photo could not be linked to any of his social media accounts” in 2015 and 2017.
According to the CDC report, the ECB argued that Hales’ breaches of its guidelines in 2018, primarily relating to the 2017 street fight in Bristol, should be considered “an aggravating factor”, but Tickle was not d ‘OK. “None of these offenses were related to discriminatory behavior,” he wrote. “They were totally different. Plus, they happened about eight years after the breach in this case. It would be different if it was a repeat offense, with Hales not having learned his lesson. In time of the events – 2009 – he had no criminal record, it was his first offense and should be treated as such.
The hitter has already been investigated, warned by his county of Nottinghamshire and he questioned the need for “more airtime” on the subject, according to the CDC report. “I have taken this into account but consider that the interests of transparency must prevail,” Tickle wrote. “I order this decision to be released to emphasize that such a social media post, historic as it is, will not be tolerated,” he added.
According to Sky Sports, prior to his recall for the series against Pakistan and the T20 World Cup this year, Hales had not played for England since 2019 due to off-field issues. He had tested positive for recreational drugs ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, leading to his omission from the squad and a ‘complete breakdown of trust’ with then-white ball captain Eoin Morgan . Hales must have watched England lift their first-ever World Cup aged 50 from the touchline. However, the burly hitter was recalled to the T20I national team for the Pakistan Series and T20 WC in September, replacing an injured Jonny Bairstow. Also, with Jason Roy overlooked due to his long stint with the bat, Hales’ buyout offer thinned out.
The hitter repaid the trust the selectors placed in him, scoring 53 on his return. Since then, Hales has played 15 T20Is for England in 2022, having scored 430 runs at an average of 30.71 and a strike rate of 145.27. He produced four half-centuries, his best being an unbeaten 86 against India in the T20 World Cup semi-finals. In the tournament, the Englishman produced some great shots. In six games, he totaled 212 carries at an average of 42.20. He scored two 50s, with a best of 86* against India. He finished as the tournament’s eighth-best run-getter. Hales was England’s second best run-getter in the tournament behind Jos Buttler (225 runs). (ANI)
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