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Neil Mitchell says Cricket Australia ‘conned’ the public with Tim Paine

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Neil Mitchell says Australians were “conned” by Cricket Australia in regards to Tim Paine.

It comes after the wicketkeeper stood down as captain of the Australian Test team due to a sexting scandal in 2017.

“Those who seem to have protected him have a lot to answer for,” Neil Mitchell said on Monday.

Neil Mitchell said Paine did the right thing by stepping aside.

But he said Cricket Australia had misled the public with how Paine had been presented publicly, given he was appointed captain after the incident (which has only now become public) took place.

“In what world could any cricket administrator think that what he did was anything other than an appalling lack of judgment,” the 3AW Mornings host asked.

“Such an appalling lack of judgment that he’s not fit for the captaincy, especially when his whole leadership was sold around his decency and clean skin after the sandpaper gate issue.

“He may be a terrific bloke, he probably is – I’ve never met him – but I don’t consider any man who sends apparently unwanted and unrequested photos of their genitals to be suitable for leadership or much respect, either.

“It was blindingly stupid to do it.”

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(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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