The media around the world are feeding mercilessly on the Tim Paine sexting scandal with Australian cricket collapsing again.
Media around the world are feeding mercilessly on the Tim Paine sexting scandal as Australian cricket continues to soar after Friday’s bombshell.
Once the pride of Australian sport as the country’s most beloved team, the Australian men’s cricket team is once again being touted as the laughing stock on the world stage.
Former captain Paine’s resignation as captain on Friday came following a explosive News Corp investigation which uncovered historic obscene texts sent by the 36-year-old to a former colleague employed by Cricket Tasmania.
Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit investigated sexual messages before Paine was named captain following the infamous sandpaper scandal that rocked Australian cricket during the 2018 tour of South Africa .
An investigation by Cricket Tasmania’s human resources department also revealed that Paine had not breached the organization’s code of conduct.
A decision not to go public with the matter when the situation was first investigated in 2017 led to a backlash on social media against Cricket Australia (CA).
Media around the world also reacted with a scathing assessment of Australian cricket.
Famous England supporter group the Barmy Army had a field day with Paine’s announcement – just weeks away from the start of the Ashes 2021-22 series with the first Test at the Gabba, starting December 8 .
The traveling group of supporters joked to their 236,000 Twitter followers, “Tim Paine has quit over ‘ball tampering’ allegations.”
One photo was even less forgiving, showing Steve Smith and David Warner at their sandpapergate press conferences and a distraught Australian fan watching the moment England won the famous third Test in the 2019 series – where Australia have always kept the ashes.
The notorious fierce British press went strong, reports foxsports.com.au.
The Sky Sports headline screamed ‘Career to ashes’ after Tim Paine resigned as Australian Test captain over revelations of a sexting scandal.
The Telegraph’s chief cricket writer Scyld Berry suggested England “could be privately pleased” with Paine’s exit, calling it a “serious and destabilizing moment” for Australians.
Daily Mail UK cricket correspondent Paul Newman has accused Cricket Australia of embedded cultural issues.
Will Macpherson of the Evening Standard wrote that although Steve Smith’s two-year sandpaper saga ban had ended, making him eligible for the captaincy, “he was a weak leader towards whom CA (Cricket Australia) may be hesitant to return”.
The headline of the Daily Mail UK website was ‘Paine caught off guard’ along with a picture of the cricketer with his wife and an edited transcript of the text message exchange.
The scandal even made headlines in the United States, with CNN publishing the story for its millions of online readers.
Scandal is always big news in cricket-crazed India.
The cricketing world reacts to the Paine bomb
Many fans were in disbelief, while others criticized that Paine is only now stepping down after Cricket Australia already investigated the texts and found no wrongdoing.
Broadcaster Gerard Whateley lamented that two captains have now lost their jobs in “shame”, after Paine’s predecessor Steve Smith was banned due to the ball tampering scandal in 2018.
“There will be a national sense of shock and trying to figure it out and figure it out and then predict what happens next, it’s extraordinarily hard to figure out so instantly and quickly,” Whateley said on Dwayne’s World of SEN.
“Because of the prestige of the Cricket Australia office and its public nature, the requirement to speak regularly and not have any lingering issues which would harm the position or performance of the team, Tim has embraced this point. of sight and it’s immediately obvious, as soon as the story is published and you read the detail, you say to yourself “No, Tim cannot be a captain in these circumstances”.
“Nature is stunning, it is completely against the way Tim has always behaved in the public sphere, he has been an extremely dignified and respectful captain.
“When you put two together, it’s two successive Australian captains who had to leave office in disgrace, one for what happened on the pitch and one for what happened off the pitch.
“So it’s diabolical for the position that is the Australian captaincy, and that it’s happening two and a half weeks from an Ashes series, when the cycle is going to turn violently for two or three days, it’s not going to happen. pay in two and a half weeks.
“So this will rest extremely heavily on Australian cricket going into the ashes, bear in mind that English cricket is in the throes of a crisis at the moment with the racism scandal that has been uncovered and their captain is not spared by this, but that the Australia captain should leave office so abruptly, it is shocking to say the least.
Paine confirmed his resignation in an emotional press conference, describing the call to relinquish the captaincy – which he assumed after the ball-tampering saga in 2018 – as “an incredibly difficult decision, but the good for me, my family and cricket”.
“Almost four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a colleague at the time,” Paine said.
“At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough investigation by CA’s Integrity Unit, throughout which I participated fully and openly. This investigation and an investigation by Cricket Tasmania HR at the same time revealed that there had been no breaches of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct.
“Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and I still regret it today. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am extremely 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 done for three or four years. However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public.
“On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or of the wider community. I am deeply sorry for the harm and pain I have caused my wife, to my family and to the other party.
“I am sorry for any damage this causes to the reputation of our sport. And I believe it is the right decision for me to step down as captain, effective immediately. I don’t want this to become an unwanted disruption to the team ahead of what is a massive Ashes series.
“I have loved my role as captain of the Australian cricket team. It has been the greatest privilege of my sporting life to lead the Australian men’s test team. I am grateful for the support of my team-mates and proud of what we were able to accomplish together. To them, I ask for their understanding and their forgiveness.
“To Australian cricket fans – deeply sorry that my past behavior impacted our game on the eve of the ashes. For the disappointment I have caused the fans and the entire cricketing community, I apologize.
“I was blessed with a wonderful, loving and supportive family, and it breaks my heart to know how much I let them down. They have always supported me, they have been my most loyal fans. and I am indebted to them for their support.
“I will remain a committed member of the Australian cricket team and look forward to what is a huge Ashes tour.”
— with Alex Conrad