Tim Paine withdraws from all cricket after sex scandal

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Cricket chiefs are “extremely concerned” about Tim Paine and his wife, Bonnie, who are calling today to leave all cricket.

Tim Paine is taking leave from all forms of cricket for the “foreseeable future”.

Cricket Tasmania released a statement announcing the news Friday morning, saying it “will continue to support Tim and his family, both professionally and personally, throughout the summer.”

“Tim’s decision ensures that he is not selected for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. “Charlie Wakim will replace him in the roster,” the statement said.

Paine’s manager, James Henderson, general manager of sports and media agency DESG, tweeted: “Confirming @tdpaine36 is leaving cricket for an indefinite mental health break. We are extremely concerned for her and Bonnie’s health and will not comment further at this time.”

Paine’s announcement comes a week later Withdrew from the Australian Test captaincy due to a sex scandal went public with a former Cricket Tasmania employee.

Paine sent obscene messages to a woman on the eve of the 2017/18 Ashes series, but when the matter was brought to the attention of Cricket Australia in 2018, an investigation cleared her of any code violations.

With that in mind, there has been much debate since then over whether Paine should be appointed full-time captain after a fan of Steve Smith following the tackle scandal in South Africa in 2018.

Paine skipped the final game of this notorious round and remained in charge of the Test team until he left it in an emotional statement to the press last Friday.

Paine announced last week that, despite stepping down from his position as Test captain, he plans to be ready to be selected for the Ashes series, which will begin this summer’s first Test in Brisbane on 8 December.

This seems increasingly likely now, and the goalkeeper’s decision to step away from cricket opens the door for Alex Carey or Josh Inglis to make their Test starts behind the logs.

Paine returned to cricket with Tasmania’s second 11 on Monday after a long hiatus after neck surgery and was hit with six catches. He got worse with the bat, however, and scored one and seven in his two digs against South Australia.

Tasmania on Thursday announced that Paine has been included in the squad for Friday’s one-day game against Western Australia as they want to practice as many matches as possible before the Ashes due to a long absence from the field due to a neck injury.

He most recently played for Australia against Indai.

More to come…

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