Chairman Andrew Gaggin describes CA’s treatment of Paine as “appalling” and “the worst since Bill Lawry”
Gaggin teed off at CA, saying the Cricket Tasmania board unanimously expressed condemnation at how Paine had been treated since the texting scandal became public.
“In conversations I have had in recent days, it is clear the anger amongst the Tasmanian cricket community and general public is palpable,” Gaggin said in the statement.
“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 CA has been appalling, and the worst since Bill Lawry 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.”
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo