Mumbai: Following the resignation of Tim Paine as Australia’s Test skipper, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nick Hockley said the governing body is committed to supporting him & his family.
In a statement, Hockley said, “We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for Tim and his family and are committed to supporting them. We respect and understand Tim’s decision to have a break at this time to focus on his and his family’s well-being.”
“The National Selection Panel will meet in the coming days to discuss the final squad ahead of the first Ashes Test on December 8,” he added.
After announcing his resignation as captain for the side ahead of the Ashes, Paine has taken a “leave of absence from all forms of cricket”.
Cricket Tasmania on Friday released a statement on Paine’s absence from the Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia.
“Following discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement.
England and Australia will lock horns in the five-match Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane.
Tim Paine decided to step down as the skipper, following the revelations of a ‘sexting’ incident with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017.
Announcing his resignation, he said that it was an “incredibly difficult decision but the right one for him and his family.