"I will be (keeping an eye on the World Cup). The guys deserve to win it and I'll be sat there watching and cheering." As for his feelings about his World Cup exile, confirmed when Hales was left out of England's 15-man tournament squad announced Tuesday, he simply added: "I'm not here to talk about that." The CPL draft saw Hales selected ahead of West Indies captain Jason Holder and star batsman Chris Gayle, with the competition starting on September 4.
"I just want to get back playing what I love most and that's cricket," Hales, now a white-ball specialist, added.
"This is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I have such fond memories of - the Kensington Oval -- and play in a big tournament in some different conditions.