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Tim Paine ‘treated horribly’ by Cricket Australia for sexual texting, slams Tasmanian president

Former Captain Tim Paine ‘treated horribly’ by Cricket Australia after investigation into sexually explicit texts, criticizes Tasmanian President Andrew Gaggin

  • Australia’s captain Tim Paine resigned in tears after a sexting scandal emerged
  • Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent explicit messages to Tasmanian staff
  • He was cleared of wrongdoing by Cricket Australia in 2018, but a scandal emerged
  • Paine still wants to play for Australia against England in this winter’s Ashes series
  • Returned to the field for the first time since the scandal in Tasmania’s second game XI


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Australian cricket is at war just two weeks before the Ashes after Tasmania launched a passionate defense of disgraced Tim Paine.

The home state of former Captain Paine, who resigned on Friday when it emerged that he sent sexually explicit messages to a Cricket Tasmania employee four years ago, said he had been “treated horribly.”

Tasmanian President Andrew Gaggin added that there was growing anger at Cricket Australia for its handling of a man he described as “a beacon” who was instrumental in “saving the reputation of the national team” after Sandpapergate.

Disgraced former Australia captain Tim Paine (center) played for Tasmania's second eleven against South Australia on Monday after he resigned in shame following a sexting scandal.

Disgraced former Australia captain Tim Paine (center) played for Tasmania’s second eleven against South Australia on Monday after he resigned in shame following a sexting scandal.

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine has issued a public and emotional apology to his wife Bonnie after their sexting scandal

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

Paine, 36, sent a photo of his penis to a co-worker along with a series of lewd text messages.

After a board meeting that unanimously reiterated support for Paine, Gaggin said: ‘It is clear that the anger between the Tasmanian cricket community and the general public is palpable.

‘The Cricket Tasmania board reaffirmed its view that Paine should not have been put in a position where he felt the need to resign for an incident that was determined by an independent investigation at the time that it was not a violation of the code of conduct. and it was a consensual and private exchange between two mature adults that was not repeated ”.

Paine, 36, was appointed captain in March 2018, four months after the text message exchange, and kept his position after an investigation three months later, when Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania cleared him after a complaint from the woman involved. But CA President Richard Freudenstein, who was not in office at the time, denied the cover-up allegations, saying the current board would have stripped Paine of the captaincy.

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine, married and father of two, 36, sent lewd messages to a Tasmania Cricket staff member in 2017

Paine remains on the Ashes team and improved his return from a neck injury by receiving six receptions, but was sacked for just one in Tasmania’s second Game XI in Hobart on Monday.

Australia’s chairman of selectors George Bailey is a close friend of Paine and insists that he will not take the casting vote in the event that selector Tony Dodemaide and coach Justin Langer collapse in retaining a goalkeeper-hitter barely it has deserved a probationary post.

The Ashes begin in Gabba on December 8. Ben Stokes’ return to competitive cricket for the first time since July was delayed when rain interrupted the first day of England’s first warm-up game against their own Lions.

In the only session and possible play over on day one of the three-day game in the Brisbane suburb of Wellington Point, England moved to 98 without losing, Haseeb Hameed going 53 undefeated alongside Rory Burns.

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

Paine (center) still wants to play for Australia in the Ashes series with England this winter

The disgraced former Australian captain didn't seem too impressed by the media attention

The disgraced former Australian captain didn't seem too impressed by the media attention

The disgraced former Australian captain didn’t seem too impressed by the media attention

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

Paine took six receptions as a wicketkeeper when Tasmania pitched opponents for 165

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI's second game resumes on Tuesday.

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI's second game resumes on Tuesday.

He is expected to hit No. 5 for Tasmania when XI’s second game resumes on Tuesday.

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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