Tim Paine, a former Australian cricketer, has been named a part-time coach for the Australia Under-19 and Australia A teams. The wicketkeeper-batsman was appointed eight months after he criticised Cricket Australia (CA) in his book ‘The Price Paid: A Story of Life, Cricket, and Lessons Learned’ regarding his removal as Australia Test captain.
Notably, he was requested to resign after a sexting scandal became public, despite the fact that two investigations had previously cleared him. However, he subsequently resigned from his position with the Australian and Tasmanian teams.
Paine stated that he was dissatisfied with the manner in which Cricket Australia managed the matter, adding that such incidents will continue to occur under Nick Hockley’s leadership. He also stated that he made an error and paid for it, but that it was not personal. He added that his relationship with Cricket Australia and Hockley remains robust.
“I’ve stated that I disagreed with the way it was managed at the time, but being in Nick Hockley’s (Cricket Australia CEO) shoes, leadership is bloody difficult, and you have to make difficult decisions.
“Having been in those locations myself, I realise that it was not personal. I made a grave error and have paid dearly for it. The Age quotes Paine as saying, “My relationship with Cricket Australia, Nick Hockley, and the people I worked with there remains extremely strong.”
The keeper-batter went on to say that he and the board disagreed over how a particular issue was managed, but that they have moved on. He added that he has met Hockley multiple times and that their relationship is proceeding well.
“We disagreed on how something should have been handled, but we’re all adults now and have moved on. Nick and I have met multiple times, and I’ve been conversing with [high-performance manager] Ben Oliver. It is all positive. “The issue has been resolved,” he added.
I do view my new position as a legitimate path: Paine Paine further stated that he considers the role of instructor to be a legitimate career path and is eager to pursue it. The 38-year-old added that he has been a cricketer and captain and does not wish to immediately assume responsibilities in the Big Bash League or Cricket Tasmania.
“I do view it as a legitimate path, but I want to ensure that when I truly commit to it, I am completely prepared and able. “Because I’ve been a cricketer and an Australian captain, I don’t want to be able to step straight into jobs like the Big Bash or Cricket Tasmania or whatever without having served an apprenticeship,” Paine explained.