Australian Cricketers’ Association backs Tim Paine after resigning as men’s test captain
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has shown its support for Tim Paine, saying he is saddened that he “felt the need to step down” as captain of the Australian men’s test.
- ACA says Paine has “full and unequivocal support”
- Cricket Australia cleared Paine following an investigation into the incident
- Paine says he regrets his behavior and apologizes to his family
Paine announced on Friday afternoon that he was stepping down from his post in front of the Ashes after revealing he was embroiled in a sexting scandal.
He said he participated in an SMS exchange with a former Cricket Tasmania employee in late 2017.
ACA released a statement saying they did not believe Paine should step down as captain as he had been cleared by Cricket Australia (CA) following an investigation into the incident.
“While respecting the decision taken by Tim Paine, the ACA is saddened that he felt the need to step down as captain of the Australian test team,” read a statement from the ACA.
âAlthough regrettable, this was a historic error which was a private matter between consenting individuals. Tim fully cooperated with an integrity investigation conducted by Cricket Australia in 2018 in which he was exonerated.
“Tim humbly acknowledged the respect that comes with the Australian Harbor Master Office and his resignation reflects the esteem in which he has held the role he has served so well in a difficult time for Australian cricket.
âTim’s captain’s position has been seen in the cricket world as playing a crucial role in restoring the pride of the Australian team, both in their performance and in the spirit in which they play.
Paine – who was overcome with emotion at his Hobart press conference on Friday – said he regretted his behavior.
âIt’s an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family and cricket,â he said.
âIn the background of my decision, almost four years ago, I participated in a text exchange with a colleague at the time.
âAt the time, the exchange was thoroughly investigated by the CA Integrity Unit, in which I fully participated and openly participated.
“This investigation and a Cricket Tasmania human resources investigation at the same time revealed that there had been no violation of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct.”
CA has confirmed that Paine will still be available for testing selection in the Ashes series, which kicks off at Gabba on December 8.
Reaction to Paine’s resignation
Australian test team member Travis Head discovered Paine’s resignation on Friday afternoon.
He said it was too early to say if this would have any effect on Australia’s preparations for the Ashes.
âI haven’t spoken to Tim or the boys, I guess in the next 24-48 hours we’ll know more,â he said.
âI think the group is in a great spaceâ¦ everyone is getting along really well so what happens over the next 24-48 hours will be and we’ll move on.
âIt’s hard to comment on what’s going on right now, but overall – with the culture and the situation of the team – what you see with the T20 squad, I think, is very similar to the test team.
Former Australian captain Kim Hughes – who resigned as test skipper amid a tearful 1984 press conference – said CA’s response to the incident had to be questioned.
“He (Paine) did what he had to do but what I find amazing is that Cricket Australia looked at the situation and did nothing,” he told Five Radio. AA from Adelaide.
âThe standard you exceed is the standard you accept. “