Nottinghamshire sign India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for County Championship

23 May

Nottinghamshire have signed India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to play in the County Championship.

The 32-year-old was not selected in India’s World Cup squad for the tournament that begins next week.

Ravichandran Ashwin will play six games in the County Championship for Nottinghamshire

Ashwin will replace James Pattinson as the club’s overseas Championship player and he is expected to feature in six of their last seven matches.

His stint at Trent Bridge is expected to begin on June 30 for Notts’ match with Essex.

“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories,” Ashwin told the club’s website.

“I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It’s a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can’t wait to get started.”

Ashwin is India’s fourth highest Test wicket-taker of all time, with 342 wickets to his name in 65 matches.

With the bat he averages 29.14 and has scored four Test match centuries.

‘Is he thick?’ – Alex Hales gets no sympathy from Alan Brazil following England ban

29 Apr

talkSPORT host Alan Brazil had little sympathy with Alex Hales after more controversy saw the England batsman withdrawn from the World Cup squad.

The England and Wales Cricket board announced the decision after reports emerged that the Nottinghamshire opener was serving a 21-day ban for use of recreational drugs.

Hales will not feature for England at the World Cup

The incident, which occurred last year, follows Hales’ involvement in Ben Stokes’ fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

And while the ECB has refused to confirm the reason behind Hales’ withdrawal, Brazil questioned the 30-year-old’s capacity to think.

“With the greatest respect and I mean this in the proper way,” the talkSPORT host said. “Is Alex Hales thick?”

ECB chief Ashley Giles insists the withdrawal does not mark the end of Hales’ England career.

“We have thought long and hard about this decision,” added Giles, the ECB’s managing director of England men’s cricket.

“We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.

“The ECB and the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”

England batsman Alex Hales ‘serving 21-day ban’ for recreational drug use but not expected to miss any games

26 Apr

Alex Hales is reportedly serving a 21-day ban from cricket for recreational drug use.

The Guardian report it is the second time Hales has fallen foul of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s recreational drugs policy.

The 30-year-old was absent from Nottinghamshire’s opening Royal London One-Day Cup matches.

Alex Hales has reportedly been banned for three weeks

The only reason given by the club was he had ‘made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons’.

Hales is part of the 15-man preliminary World Cup squad for this summer’s tournament and he is expected to join up with the rest of the England team for a training camp this weekend.

Hales is part of England’s World Cup squad

All professional men’s cricketers in England and Wales are subject to hair follicle tests at the start and end of every season.

A first offence is dealt with privately with the player getting rehabilitative support from the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the chief medical officer of the club.

A second offence sees the player receives a three week ban, fined five per cent of their salary and their county is informed.

Hales has missed Nottinghamshire’s games at the start of the season

Should a player then have a third positive result, they would be banned for a year and risk having their contract torn up.

The ECB, PCA and the player’s representative declined to comment to The Guardian while Nottinghamshire did not respond.

Hales faced disciplinary action last year for his role in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017.

Team-mate Ben Stokes, who was cleared of affray in August 2018, was given an eight-match ban and fined a total of £30,000.

Hales, who did not face criminal charges, was banned for six games and fined £17,500, £10,000 of which was suspended.

Nottinghamshire and England batsman Alex Hales follows Adil Rashid in turning back on first-class cricket

20 Feb

Nottinghamshire and England batsman Alex Hales follows Adil Rashid in turning back on first-class cricket

Alex Hales has followed England team-mate Adil Rashid in turning his back on first-class cricket after signing a new white-ball contract with Nottinghamshire through to the end of the 2019 season.

Rashid caused a stir last week when he announced his intention to play in the limited-overs formats only for Yorkshire this year, while Hales has gone one step further as his next two seasons with Nottinghamshire will encompass solely the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast.

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The decision seemingly ends the 29-year-old’s hopes of adding to his 11 Test caps – the last of which was earned in August 2016.

“Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision,” Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said.