In a tearful news conference, Paine, 36, said that an investigation at the time found he did not violate the league’s code of conduct, but that “through reflection,” he felt His actions at the time “did not meet the requirements.” standards of an Australian cricket captain. He also said he recently learned that the text exchange would be made public.
Paine said he sent a message to a then-colleague at Cricket Tasmania four years ago, shortly before he became captain of the national team.
He said the documents were subsequently the subject of investigation by Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit and the Tasmanian Cricket Human Resources team.
“I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am extremely grateful for their forgiveness and support.
“We think this breakdown is behind us and that I can focus fully on the team, like I’ve been doing for the past three or four years.”
In a recent Netflix series about the Australian cricket team, head coach Justin Langer talked extensively about rebuilding the team’s image.
“I am deeply sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused my wife, my family and my partner,” Paine added.
“I apologize for any damage this has caused to the reputation of our sport and I believe that resigning as captain was the right decision for me, effective immediately.
“I don’t want this to be an unwanted disruption to the team ahead of a massive series of Ashes.”
“While the Board acknowledged an investigation cleared Tim of any code of conduct violations related to this matter a few years ago, we respect his decision,” he said.
“CA does not tolerate this kind of language or behaviour.”
Freudenstein also stated that Paine would continue to be selected on the Experimental team.
CNN has reached out to Cricket Tasmania for comment but has yet to receive a response.