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Not removing Tim Paine in 2018 ‘sent the wrong message’, says Cricket Australia board chairman Richard Freudenstein

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CA chief executive Hockley says he was aware of the case but found out details only last week

The current Cricket Australia board would not have endorsed Tim Paine as Test captain if the information around his explicit text messages to a female colleague in 2018 had been available, the chairman of the body has said.
Paine resigned on Friday when details of the code of conduct case, which cleared him of wrongdoing, was made public. There has been considerable turnaround in the board and executive of CA since that time, with neither current chairman Richard Freudenstein or chief executive Nick Hockley with the organisation three years ago – although an overlap remains.

“While I cannot speak about the original decision-making in 2018, what I can say is that faced with the same circumstances and with the benefit of all the relevant information about this matter, Cricket Australia would not make the same decisions today,” Freudenstein said in a statement at the beginning of a press conference on Saturday.

“I acknowledge the decision clearly sent the wrong message to the sport, to the community and to Tim that this kind of behaviour is acceptable and without serious consequences. The role of the Australian cricket captain must be held to the highest possible standards.”

He said he had been told about the closed case when he came onto the board two years ago, while Hockley confirmed he was aware of its existence although only delved into it deeply last week when it became clear the story was going public. Paine was listed as captain when Australia’s Ashes squad was announced on Wednesday morning.

Freudenstein added that amendments to the code of conduct have been implemented over the last three years and that CA’s current policies were appropriate. “Think it’s important to note a lot of things have changed since that time, the player education, there’s a full programme addressing a whole range of things including texting which has been in place since 2018-19 and we’ve undertaken a full review of our anti-harassment and discrimination policies,” he said.

Although having been made aware of the case, Freudenstein said he did not believe it warranted looking into again during the intervening time until forced to by it being made pubic. “You don’t go onto a board and ask to see every integrity decision that’s been closed over the previous years,” he said. “I was given a very high-level briefing that there had been an incident and a thorough investigation and no misconduct found. There would be no reason to investigate that further. It was something that had been put to bed.”

He indicated that the board would undertake a review of past integrity findings while the credentials of Paine’s replacement, expected to be Pat Cummins, would be heavily scrutinised. “We may just need to look back…I’m very confident in the way integrity decisions are made. We’ll have a review over the past few years but I’m sure that will lead to no further changes.”

Paine had been central to CA’s attempts to forge the men’s team in a new image after the ball-tampering scandal but despite the nature of his exit from the captaincy there is confidence that any gains won’t be undone.

“The team over recent years has really prioritised team culture,” Hockley said. “Think we have made great strides. Certainly we are very clear on the vision for cricket to be the most inclusive sport with a culture of respect and its core. As Tim has said he’s owned that particular mistake. Going forward it’s incumbent on everybody to have the highest standards to represent Australia particularly on a leadership position.”

Paine had been due to return to action following his neck surgery with a club game in Hobart on Saturday, but rain prevented any play. George Bailey, the national selector, was spotted at the ground but did not make any comment on the situation.

Freudenstein reiterated that Paine remained available for selection for the Test side and that decision was now solely in the hands of the selectors. “The board of Australian cricket is comfortable he is available to play,” he said

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Manchester United owners acquire team in UAE T20 League

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After failed bids to acquire an IPL franchise, the Glazers have made their first formal foray into cricket

Manchester United Football Club’s American owner, Lancer Capital, has made its first foray into cricket by acquiring a franchise in the soon-to-be-launched UAE T20 League. The update came a week after Reliance Industries, the owner of Mumbai Indians in the IPL, also announced their investment in the league through a franchise ownership.

“I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation,” Avram Glazer, chairman of Lancer Capital, said in a statement. “UAE T20 promises to be a world class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”

Last month, Lancer Capitals was among the final shortlisted bidders for the two new IPL franchises, eventually losing out to RPSG Group and CVC Capital, the groups that acquired the Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises respectively.

Out of the nine bids, Lancer Capital had posted the lowest bid at INR 4128.65 crore (US$ 551 million approx.) for the Ahmedabad franchise, and INR 4023 crore (US$ 537 million approx.) for the Lucknow franchise.

The latest investment adds to the company’s portfolio in the sporting world: the Glazer family also owns Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I am very excited to welcome Mr. Glazer to the UAE T20 Family,” Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman, said. “To have a partner who has invested into sports properties with a long term investment perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s Business Model and its value proposition to its stakeholders and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

The owners of the Knight Riders T20 teams are also understood to be “on-board” to own one of the teams in the UAE event. Capri Global, which also made a failed bid for the two new IPL franchises, Big Bash League’s Sydney Sixers, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi, a co-owner of Delhi Capitals, are believed to be among the other interested parties.

The six-team league has been sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board and is looking to make room for itself in the January-February window, although its inaugural edition in 2022 is likely to be played in February-March.



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Shaheen Shah Afridi breaks into top five in Test rankings for bowlers

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Latham, Karunaratne in top 10 of batting rankings; Jadeja No. 2 allrounder

Shaheen Shah Afridi has broken into the top five of the ICC Test bowling rankings for the first time following his five-for against Bangladesh in Pakistan’s eight-wicket win in the first Test in Chattogram. Afridi, who finished with a match haul of seven wickets, moved up three places to No. 5, overtaking James Anderson, Kagiso Rabada and Neil Wagner in the process.

Each of the three bowlers Afridi has overtaken will have an opportunity to make gains of their own. Wagner could have the first crack if he makes New Zealand’s XI for the second and final Test against India in Mumbai. Anderson is likely to line up for the first Ashes Test next week, while Rabada will spearhead South Africa’s pace attack during their home Tests against India later this month.

Meanwhile, Afridi’s new-ball partner Hasan Ali also moved five places to 11th, his best-ever position so far, following seven wickets in the Chattogram Test. This included figures of 5 for 51 that hastened Bangladesh’s collapse in the first innings after Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 206 runs for the fifth wicket.
Kyle Jamieson, who impressed in his maiden outing in the subcontinent, was ranked ninth, while Tim Southee was within a point of second-placed R Ashwin following his eight-wicket match haul in Kanpur. Pat Cummins, Australia’s new Test captain, heads the list.
Among batters, Tom Latham and Dimuth Karunaratne made significant gains for their efforts in Kanpur and Galle respectively. Latham, who made 95 and 52 in New Zealand’s thrilling draw, jumped five places to No. 9, while the Sri Lankan captain was two spots higher st seven following scores of 147 and 83 in Sri Lanka’s 187-run win in the first Test.
Over in Bangladesh, the nature of Pakistan’s come-from-behind win had a few other gainers too. Abid Ali‘s 133 and 91 helped him jump 27 slots to a career-best 20th rank, one place above Mushfiqur. Among the other gainers was Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam climbed two places to 23rd after picking up a seven-for in Pakistan’s first innings.
In the allrounders’ rankings, Ravindra Jadeja jumped one place to be ranked second, behind West Indies’ Jason Holder. Jadeja struck a defiant half-century in the first innings, while his five wickets in the match also helped him jump to 19th in the bowling chart.



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BBL11 2021-22 – Alex Hales may need to carry the load for Sydney Thunder

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Usman Khawaja may be absent for most of the season if needed in the Ashes

Squad
Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Saqib Mahmood (England), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain, Sam Whiteman

In Saqib Mahmood, Sam Whiteman
Out Callum Ferguson, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair

Last season Fourth
Led by a red-hot Alex Hales, the big-hitting Thunder appeared the team to beat after winning four of their first matches. But their balance suffered when allrounder Daniel Sams missed a few matches due to a concussion and the Thunder’s form nosedived. They were able to steady the ship, largely due to Hales’ virtuoso batting, to finish third on the ladder. It proved a false dawn with the Thunder falling to Brisbane Heat in the knockout to end an unfulfilled season.

International impact
It’s a fairly settled line-up although new skipper Khawaja may be Ashes bound as he battles Travis Head for Australia’s No. 5 spot. Saqib Mahmood will be absent in the early stages after being named in the England Lions squad and the rising quick along with Sam Billings may be part of England’s tour of the Caribbean, which starts during the latter stages of the BBL.

Player to watch
Alex Hales lit up BBL10 with a tournament best 543 runs at 38.78 and a strike rate of 161.60 – replicating similar dizzying stats from the season prior. There isn’t much bowlers can do when Hales is on song as champions Sydney Sixers can attest to after being on the receiving end of the Englishman’s remarkable 55-ball 110 in the Thunder’s record total of 5 for 232. But his participation in the upcoming tournament was under threat after photos of Hales in blackface emerged and he was also implicated in the racism scandal engulfing English cricket. He has, however, kept his BBL contract and will hope to make headlines on-field rather than off it.

Key stat (Gaurav Sundararaman)
Thunder were the best batting unit in the last edition. They went at a run rate of 8.98 in the competition that was made possible due to a strong performance in the powerplays. They had a run rate of 10.16 in the powerplay overs, which was the tournament’s best.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth



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