Tim Paine has announced his resignation from the Australian Captaincy. The former captain called a press conference and stated that he will not be taking any questions. He then revealed that text exchanges between him and then a women colleague had taken place nearly four years ago. Paine revealed that the matter was investigated by CA Integrity Unit investigation which found that Paine has not breached the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct.
Paine commentated that he deeply regrets the incident and is grateful to his wife and family for forgiving him and support. Upon knowing that this private text message was going to become public, he has decided to step down as the captain, as the action of the incident do not meet the standard of the Australian Cricket Captain.
The former captain elaborated that he has enjoyed leading the Australian cricket team and feels privileged and that he asks for forgiveness from the Australian Cricket fans on the eve of the Ashes. The board has accepted Tim’s resignation and has thanked him for his ‘distinguished’ service and also emphasized that CA does not condone such behaviour or language.
According to Richard Freudenstein, Cricket Australia Chairman “Despite the mistake he made, Tim has been an exceptional leader since his appointment and the Board thanks him for his distinguished service. “Tim will continue to be available for selection in the Test team through the Ashes summer.”
The matter was known to Cricket Australia in 2018
The text message incident happened in the November of 2017. Due to the sandpaper scandal, Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from International Cricket for one year and Tim Paine was hired as the captain. The women-colleague made the complaint aware to Cricket Australia which conducted its own investigation and according to Paine, “exonerated” him. The texts according to Paine are to be made public in 2021, which is prompting his to resign as the captain.
The matter was Consensual: Cricket Tasmania
The charges against Tim Paine were brought up by the woman when formal charges of theft were put against her in 2018. Cricket Tasmania took the investigation and concluded that the matter was consensual and private and occurred on one occasion only which is why the captain was exonerated.
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