Australian Tim Paine will take leave of all forms of cricket after the scandal over sexually explicit text messages “in the near future”.
Paine resigned as captain last week – He is only a few weeks away with the ashes – according to media revelations, he was searched and cleared for messages sent to a former colleague in cricket in Tasmania in 2017.
the goalkeeper was appointed to the Australian team for Ashes starting Dec. 8 and still had the support of international teammates.
But Paine has now decided to retire from the game indefinitely.
“After discussions over the past 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania to take leave from all forms of cricket in the near future,” the statement said.
Paine manager James Henderson said he is concerned about the well-being of his client.
“I confirm that @ tdpaine36 is deviating from cricket for an indefinite mental health break,” Henderson posted on Twitter. “We are very concerned about his and Bonnie’s well-being and we will not comment further at this time.”
Paine was replaced in the Cricket Tasmania game against Western Australia on Friday.
“Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer,” they added in a statement.
Paine’s resignation and handling of the scandal by Cricket Australia have sparked accusations, with Cricket Tasmania accusing the national authority of hanging the goalkeeper on dry land as he rectified any violations in 2018.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday that players are also unhappy with Cricket Australia’s treatment of Paine.