Saturday, 04 December 2021

Tim Paine Step Down as Australia captain before Ashes Series

Tim Paine Step Down as Australia captain before Ashes Series

Less than a month ago of the home Ashes series, Tim Paine has stepped down as captain immediately - Cricket Australia confirmed. Tim Paine's decision has come after an off-field controversy emerged, where he sent clear-cut texts to a female colleague at Cricket Tasmania in 2017. The Board has accepted Tim Paine's resignation and will now look ahead to appointing a new Test captain.

Richard Freudenstein, CA Chairman, said:

"Tim Paine felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australia cricket to take this decision to step down as captain.

"While the Board acknowledges an inquiry cleared Tim of any breach of the code of conduct regarding the matter some years ago, we respect the decision. Cricket Australia does not condone this type of language or behavior.

"Inspite the mistake he made, Tim Paine has been an exceptional leader since his appointment and Board thanks him for his prominent service. Tim Paine will continue to be available for selection in the Test team through the Ashes summer."

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Paine made the announcement of him stepping down in a press conference at Hobart on Friday.

Paine read out from a statement at the presser.

"Today, I'm announcing my verdict to step down as the captain of the Australian men's test team. It's an extraordinary difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,"

"As background on my decision, nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague. At the time, the conversation was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, which I fully participated in.

"That inquiry and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no violation of the CA Code of Conduct. Although clearly, I deeply regretted the incident at the time and still today. I spoke to my family and wife at the time and am incredibly grateful for the forgiveness and support. We thought the event was behind us and that I could pay attention entirely to the team, as I have to do for the last three to four years.

"However, I recently became aware that this private conversation exchange was going to become public. On reflection, my actions in 2017 don't meet the standard of an Australian cricket team captain or the wider group. I'm sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused to my wife, family, and other parties. I'm sorry for any harm that this does to the fame of our sport.

"And I believe that it is the right decision for me to stand down as captain, effective immediately. I do not want this to become an unwelcome disruption to the team ahead of what is a huge Ashes Series."

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