The chief executive of the Australian cricket team Nick Hawkley supported Tim Paine’s return to Australia’s test team and said he would like to see the former captain “play and perform” for Australia again.
After the “sex texting” scandal, Paine took an indefinite mental health break after resigning as the test captain before Ashes, including he sent an inappropriate text message to a female colleague in 2017.
“Hope to see him play for his state and Australia again,” Hawkley said its.
“We hope to see him back there as soon as possible, playing football and performing.”
Paine, who turned 37 in three years in Zhou Zhou, was handed over to the reins of Australian cricket when the image of the game was in danger after the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town in 2018.
After Paine decided to quit, there was speculation that he might never play for the Australian team again, because the goalkeeper-batsman is expected to retire at the end of this summer.
Cricket Australia (CA) has also received a lot of criticism for its handling of the issue, with Cricket Tasmania Chairman Andrew Gaggin calling it “shocking” and “the worst since Bill Lawry more than 50 years ago.”
Hawkley said that Paine asked to resign as captain, “this is a decision the board of directors deems appropriate” and tried to support him.
“The head coach has been watching him, and we have sent our outstanding members to Tassie. The Tasmanian cricket world has embraced him,” said Hawkley, who was temporarily appointed as CEO of 2020. The foundation then becomes permanent after a year.
“We are all very, very concerned-to ensure that Tim is well supported. Tim admits his mistakes, and our job now is to truly support him, and we deeply respect that.”