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Cricket Australia admits it should have dumped Tim Paine over shameful sexting scandal

Cricket Australia has admitted that they should have left Tim Paine as test captain after he opened up about his sexting scandal in 2018.

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, CA President Richard Freudenstein admitted that the current board and CEO “did not know all the details of the investigation” three years ago.

He also said that the current board would have lobbied for a different pattern.

“I can’t talk about the 2018 decision, I wasn’t there,” Freudenstein said.

But what I’m saying is that based on current facts, the Cricket Australia board of directors would not have made that decision.

Cricket Australia has admitted that they should have left Tim Paine as test captain after he opened up about his sexting scandal in 2018.

Cricket Australia has admitted that they should have left Tim Paine as test captain after he opened up about his sexting scandal in 2018.

The married father of two (pictured with his wife Bonnie) sent a Cricket Tasmania employee a series of suggestive texts, as well as an unsolicited image.

The married father of two (pictured with his wife Bonnie) sent a Cricket Tasmania employee a series of suggestive texts, as well as an unsolicited image.

The married father of two (pictured with his wife Bonnie) sent a Cricket Tasmania employee a series of suggestive texts, as well as an unsolicited image.

‘I acknowledge that the decision clearly sent the wrong message that this behavior is acceptable and without serious consequences.

“The role of Australian cricket captain must be kept at the highest level.”

Freudenstein added that “Tim admits he made a mistake in 2017 and since then his leadership behavior and cricket (performances) have been excellent.”

With Paine’s career in the test in tatters, Alex Carey will be his likely replacement behind the stumps, and CA claims they have ‘sped up the process’ of announcing the wicketkeeper’s successor for the Ashes and beyond.

CA also noted that they have since conducted a “full review” when it comes to sexual harassment education.

Saturday’s development follows the Australian Cricketers Association leaping to Paine’s defense 24 hours earlier, convinced that he should have stayed in his coveted role.

In a statement, the ACA said it was “saddened” that Paine, a father of two, felt the need to step down as captain of the Australian test team.

While regrettable, this was a historical error that was a private matter between consenting individuals. Tim fully cooperated in an integrity investigation conducted by Cricket Australia in 2018 in which he was exonerated, ” the statement read.

“Tim humbly acknowledged the respect that accompanies the Australian captaincy and his resignation reflects the esteem in which he played the role he played so well in a difficult period for Australian cricket.”

The statement went on to describe that Paine played ‘a crucial role in restoring pride in the Australian team’ after his appointment in 2018 and, despite his mistake, he has ‘the full and unequivocal support of the ACA’.

On Friday, Paine resigned from the test captaincy after details of his lewd behavior emerged publicly.

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages on November 22 and 23, 2017, the eve and morning of the first ash test at Gabba in Brisbane. .

It was Paine’s return to the proving ground after seven years of waiting.

Australia's test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of obscene text messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania.

Australia's test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of obscene text messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania.

Australia’s test cricket captain Tim Paine, 36, sent a series of obscene text messages to a colleague from Cricket Tasmania.

While news of the scandal broke on Friday, Paine said he and his wife got over the betrayal at the time and that she had forgiven and supported him.

While news of the scandal broke on Friday, Paine said he and his wife got over the betrayal at the time and that she had forgiven and supported him.

While news of the scandal broke on Friday, Paine said he and his wife got over the betrayal at the time and that she had forgiven and supported him.

‘Do you want to taste my dick? F ** k me, I’m really hard, ‘read one of the messages Paine sent to the Cricket Tasmania employee.

Months later, Paine was named Australian cricket leader in 2018 after Captain Steve Smith and Vice Captain David Warner were suspended for 12 months, along with starter Cameron Bancroft, who was out of the game for nine months.

The trio were caught on camera using hidden sandpaper to grind the ball during the tour of South Africa.

Cricket Australia is believed to have learned of Paine’s sexting in June 2018 and launched an investigation, together with Cricket Tasmania.

The woman complained in 2018 about “ Paine’s sexually explicit, unwanted and unsolicited photograph of her genitals, in addition to graphic sexual comments. ”

It is said that he was shocked by the comments and the pornographic photo, which he found offensive.

Paine was brought in as the savior of Australian cricket after captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended, along with starter Cameron Bancroft.

Paine was brought in as the savior of Australian cricket after captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended, along with starter Cameron Bancroft.

Paine was brought in as the savior of Australian cricket after captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were suspended, along with starter Cameron Bancroft.

Tim Paine's wife Bonnie (pictured) has chosen to support her husband, whose career is in shambles

Tim Paine's wife Bonnie (pictured) has chosen to support her husband, whose career is in shambles

Tim Paine’s wife Bonnie (pictured) has chosen to support her husband, whose career is in shambles

Paine acknowledged Friday that his conduct was unacceptable.

“Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and continue to do so today,” he said.

‘I spoke to my wife and family at the time and I am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support.

“We thought this incident was behind us and that I could fully concentrate on the team, as I have for the last three or four years.

However, I recently realized that this private text exchange would go public.

On second thought, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the community at large.

‘I am deeply sorry for the pain and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family and the other party. I am sorry for the damage this causes to the reputation of our sport. ‘

Tim Paine’s dramatic rise and fall in the sexting scandal

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change sides during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021.

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change sides during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021.

Australian captain Tim Paine walks to change sides during a cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on January 9, 2021.

2010: Tim Paine makes his testing debut against Pakistan, replacing the injured Brad Haddin, but is abandoned with the return of the starter.

April 2016: Paine marries Bonnie Maggs

November 17, 2017 – Crash recall awarded for the Ashes series

November 22-23, 2017: Paine sends lewd messages to a co-worker on the eve and morning of the first ash test in Brisbane. The couple had exchanged text messages throughout the year.

January 2018: selected for the team that will tour South Africa

March 25, 2018 – Named interim captain after Steve Smith and David Warner retired over ‘sandpapergate’ ball handling scandal

March 28, 2018: Paine is named captain of the fourth round of the series, becoming the 46th captain of the Australian side

April 2018: Cricket Australia awarded him a national contract.

June 2018: Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania learn of the messages and initiate an investigation, following a complaint from the woman. Paine claims he was exonerated during the investigation. His wife Bonnie was aware of the messages, but decided to stay with him.

2018-2021: Paine continues as captain of the test, retaining the ashes in England in 2019

November 19, 2021: Paine retires when all the details of the explicit messages appear.

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