Alex Hales (L) and Adil Rashid © Getty Images
Alex Hales (L) and Adil Rashid © Getty Images

Adil Rashid seems to have surely started off a trend. The leg spinner recently chose to concentrate on ‘white ball cricket’ with England  scheduled to host 2019 World Cup in June. His teammate, Alex Hales, has followed suit. Hales has signed a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire. The right-hander has fond memories of representing the club wherein he played a vital role in the side lifting the Royal London ODI Cup and Natwest T20 Blast last year.

Hales told, “I’m grateful to the Club for extending my deal with them because I love batting at Trent Bridge – it’s my favourite place to play. For the next 18 months, I’m excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts Outlaws team that retains the white ball double. It was a fantastic year for the Club last year, and I believe we can have more success in the future with the players we have at our disposal. I’m also hoping to be part of a World Cup-winning squad with England.”

Hales further added, “The decision to focus on my white ball game wasn’t taken lightly or on the spur of the moment, it’s one I’ve thought long and hard about. It’s also one I’ve discussed at length with the Notts management. I’d like to thank them for their continued support.”

On the other hand, Mick Newell —Director of Cricket at Nottinghamshire — concluded, “Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision. He’s an outstanding white ball player and we look forward to him helping us win more trophies in that format of the game.”