Chronology and hypocrisy: Tim Paine resigns as Australia Test captain over ‘sexting’ scandal

2017: After making his Test debut in 2010, Paine got the chance to wear the baggy green again after six years in November 2017 for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. As it has now emerged, this was when he sent obscene messages and a picture to a female employee of Cricket Tasmania (CT).

Paine has said that his actions in 2017 do not meet the standards of an Australian cricket captain. He certainly met those standards to allow him to lead the team from March 2018 to November 2021.

2018: In March, following the ban of Steve Smith following a Cape Town ball-tampering controversy, Paine was named Australia’s captain. Around the same time, the CT employee, whom Penn sexually-messaged a year earlier, would be charged with theft. She will inform Cricket Australia officials in June that she is “outraged by Mr Penn’s unsolicited photo of his genitals in addition to sexually-explicit, unwanted and graphic sexual comments.”

Cricket Tasmania said on Friday that the allegations were brought to its attention only after formal allegations of theft were made against the woman following her dismissal. An investigation was conducted by the Tasmanian Board, which “determined that further action was not warranted or appropriate” because the action was “of a consensual nature”.

Around the same time, Australia coach Justin Langer was propounding his theory of elite honesty. “You can lie to everyone, but you can’t lie to yourself. So that’s elite honesty for you,” Langer had explained. “And at the same time, I know the Australian way is to look a bloc in the eye, look your sister or you mother in the eye, and tell them the truth and be happy to get some truth back, so that’s noble honesty.” “

2021: Paine resigned after the Herald Sun newspaper received details of Paine’s 2017 text.

– In the statement, the Australian Cricket Board said: “CA does not condone this type of language or behaviour. Despite his fault, Tim has been an exceptional leader since his appointment and the Board would like to thank him for his distinguished service.” Is.” Back in 2018, an investigation by CA’s Integrity Unit concluded that Paine had committed no breach of the board’s code of conduct.


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