Cricket

Tim Paine disappointed with job losses but sees opportunity in COVID-19 cutbacks by Cricket Australia

  • Reuters
  • June 23rd, 2020
  • 12:47:48 IST

Australia's Test captain Tim Paine has been disappointed to see support staff lose their jobs as part of cost-cutting measures during the coronavirus crisis but says there is opportunity in the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Australia lost batting coach Graeme Hick and physiotherapist Kevin Sims among 40 redundancies announced by Cricket Australia last week as the board looks to shore up its finances.

File picture of Tim Paine. Reuters

File picture of Tim Paine. Reuters

Paine said players in all teams would have to become more self-reliant as cricket cuts its cloth but Australia were determined to adapt first ahead of a blockbuster series against India in the home summer.

“We spoke briefly on it on a Zoom call last week or about two weeks ago and just said it’s a great opportunity that things are going to change,” Paine told reporters in a video call on Tuesday.

“Players are going to have to become more reliant on each other and on themselves and finding ways to get things done without the huge numbers of support that we’ve been really lucky to have over the last number of years.

“It’s disappointing, certainly, from an aspect where people are losing their jobs.

“We don’t want to see that and we’ve lost some really good people throughout this period but the flip side of that is the great opportunity to be able to adapt quicker than anyone else.”

Having recorded about 7,500 infections and 102 deaths, Australia has been relatively successful at containing COVID-19 and winter sports have begun to welcome crowds back to stadiums.

However, a fresh outbreak in Melbourne over the past week has provided something of a reality check while raising questions about whether the India tests should be moved to venues in states that are safe to host large crowds.

Paine was open to potential switches, saying players wanted the crowd support.

“We’re spoilt for choice here in Australia with some world class stadiums so if something had to change ... we’ve got plenty of options.”

Updated Date: June 23, 2020 12:47:48 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 10,000 Maharashtra cops infected with COVID-19; state sees 1,42,458 active cases
India

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 10,000 Maharashtra cops infected with COVID-19; state sees 1,42,458 active cases

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 10,026 personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. Of them, 107 personnel, including 10 officers, have died, an official said, adding that more than 50% of the deaths were reported from the Mumbai Police.

Premier League: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson won't return to Brazil in off-season due to coronavirus pandemic
Sports

Premier League: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson won't return to Brazil in off-season due to coronavirus pandemic

Talking about going back to Brazil in the off-season, Alisson said: "I would not go anyway, even with Liverpool's green light, as it would be a risk for my family."

Biological patterns underlying some of the most severe COVID-19 cases revealed by scientists
science

Biological patterns underlying some of the most severe COVID-19 cases revealed by scientists

Treating severe COVID-19 might require an immunological reset, with drugs that could, in theory, restore the balance in the body.