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Tim Paine Quits As Australia Test Team Captain After Sending Explicit Texts To Female Colleague

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Tim Paine Quits As Australia Test Team Captain After Sending Explicit Texts To Female Colleague

Highlights

  • Tim Paine steps down as Australia captain before the start of the Ashes
  • In 2017 sent vulgar pictures, messages to a female colleague
  • Now those pictures and messages are public, Pen apologizes again
  • Tim Paine to remain a member of Australian team

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Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine on Friday stepped down from the captaincy amid an investigation by Cricket Australia into a case of sending obscene pictures and lewd messages to a female colleague. This case is from 2017 only a few months after which Penn got a chance to return to the Test team after seven years. At the time, investigations by Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania gave Penn a clean chit. Australia have to play the Ashes series against arch-rivals England a few days later. The first Test will be played in Brisbane from December 8.

I apologize: Penn
“I am stepping down as captain of the Australian men’s cricket team today,” Penn said at a press conference. It is a very difficult decision but the right one for me, my family and cricket. He said, ‘About four years ago I sent text messages to a lady who was a colleague at that time.’ He said, ‘I had apologized for that incident and still do so today. I also spoke to my wife and family and am thankful for their apology and cooperation. Paine will continue to be a part of the Australian team.

According to the report, a female employee of Cricket Tasmania has claimed that Pen sent her obscene messages with pictures of her genitals. That woman had left the job in 2017 itself. Paine was named the captain of the Australian Test team in 2018 following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The board has accepted his resignation and the search for the next Test captain is on.

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Ponting was being made the head coach of Team India, surprised at Dravid’s consent
All those messages have become public
“We thought the matter was over and I could focus on the team,” Penn said. But I recently came to know that private messages have become public. My actions in 2017 do not meet the criteria required to continue as Australian cricket captain. I also apologize for hurting the reputation of the game by this.

He said, ‘It is right for me to resign from the captaincy with immediate effect. I don’t want any disturbance in preparation ahead of the Ashes series. I will continue to be a dedicated member of the Australian cricket team.

Cricket Australia chief Richard Friedenstein said it was Penn’s own decision. “Tim felt the same was true for his family and for Australian cricket,” he said. Cricket Australia said in a statement, “The Board recognizes that Penn has been given a clean chit in this matter a few years ago, but we respect his decision.” Such language or behavior is not acceptable. Despite this mistake, Paine has been an excellent captain and we thank him for his services.

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