Cricket Tasmania Chairman Andrew Gaggin has vented his fury over Cricket Australia’s treatment of former skipper Tim Paine, declaring the governing body’s treatment of the wicketkeeper as “appalling”.
Paine resigned as captain of the Australia cricket team last Friday amid a sexting scandal, but insisted he still hopes to play a part in the Ashes.
However, Gaggin was furious as to the way Cricket Australia handled the scandal and believes Paine was thrown under the bus by the administration.
“In conversations I have had in recent days it is clear that the anger among the Tasmanian cricket community and general public is palpable,” Gaggin said.
“Tim Paine has been a beacon for Australian cricket over the past four years and instrumental in salvaging the reputation of the national team after the calamity of Cape Town.
“Yet, at a time when CA should have supported Tim, he was evidently regarded as dispensable.
“The treatment afforded to the Australian Test captain by Cricket Australia has been appalling, and the worst since Bill Lawry over 50 years ago.
“The Cricket Tasmania Board reaffirmed its view that Paine should not have been put in a position where he felt the need to resign over an incident that was determined by an independent inquiry at the time to not be a breach of the Code of Conduct and was a consensual and private exchange that occurred between two mature adults and was not repeated.”
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