Tim Paine, the former Australian cricketer, has been appointed as a part-time coach for the Australia Under-19 and Australia A teams. This decision comes eight months after Paine criticized Cricket Australia (CA) in his book, ‘The Price Paid: A Story of Life, Cricket, and Lessons Learned’, where he discussed being forced out as the Australia Test captain. Paine’s resignation from the role was prompted by a sexting scandal, despite being cleared in previous inquiries. Subsequently, he stepped down from his positions in the Australian and Tasmania teams.
Expressing his discontent with how Cricket Australia handled the issue, Paine mentioned that under the governance of Nick Hockley, such incidents might occur. However, he clarified that his disagreement was not personal and acknowledged the challenges faced by leaders like Hockley in making tough decisions. Paine admitted his mistake and stated that he had paid a heavy price for it. Nevertheless, he emphasized that he maintains a strong relationship with Cricket Australia and Hockley.
Paine revealed that he and the board had a disagreement regarding the handling of a certain matter, but they have moved on from it. He emphasized that he has had multiple conversations with Hockley and that their relationship is in good standing.
Regarding his new coaching role, Paine expressed his belief that it provides a genuine pathway for him. He mentioned his eagerness to explore this opportunity but stressed the importance of being fully prepared and ready for the role. Paine wants to ensure that he gains valuable experience before taking on assignments such as the Big Bash or Cricket Tasmania, as he views it as a necessary apprenticeship.