Cricket Australia captain Pat Cummins quits Alinta Energy sponsorship as backlash erupts

Australian captain Pat Cummins says he will not act as ambassador for Cricket Australia’s largest lender.

The Test skipper spoke publicly on Tuesday as a storm erupted over his boycott of the governing body’s partnership with Alinta Energy.

Reports surfaced Tuesday morning that Cummins had expressed concerns about its continued partnership with Alinta Energy.

He is said to have a dispute with the energy supplier’s parent company, Pioneer Sail Holdings, one of Australia’s largest carbon emitters.

Cummins has repeatedly taken public stances on the causes of environmental and climate change, often exposing him to torrents of criticism.

Cummins came under fire earlier this year after being launched Cricket for climatea group that focused on equipping grassroots clubs with solar panels and other initiatives to reduce their CO2 emissions to zero.

He was widely condemned at the time of the launch when he gave a press conference just days before former cricket coach Justin Langer was forced to resign.

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Now the storm has erupted again with Cummins’ environmental advocacy creating friction with Cricket Australia’s largest commercial partner.

The partnership would have been worth $40 million to Cricket Australia’s treasury over four years.

Cricket Australia said it has reached a mutual agreement with Alinta Energy to end the deal early and remain in effect for one more summer.

The age report claims that Cricket Australia is now going to market to find a new naming sponsor.

the Australian It was first reported that Cummins had spoken to Cricket Australia about its ethical concerns about the partnership and would not feature in the company’s commercial activities with advertising campaigns this summer.

The report claimed Cummins was able to avoid getting involved because of the details in standard playing contracts that allowed him to step aside as one of the faces of the company after two years. It has not escaped his detractors’ attention that Cummins has previously appeared in TV ads for Alinta.

The report shows that Cummins Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has approached to express his concerns. It comes after a similar storm erupted between the Diamonds and Netball Australia, with players reportedly left sidelined by the governing body’s longstanding partnership with Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting mining company.

Cummins faced the press on Tuesday and stood by his convictions but denied that he had forced Cricket Australia with strong weapons to cancel the deal.

“No not at all. Nick, the CEO and I have a really good relationship. We talk about a lot of things. But no, I’ve been a big supporter of all of our partners over the years,” said Cummins.

“I think it’s probably part of what exactly happened.”

He warned Cricket Australia and other sports organizations to accept commercial sponsorship that was not in line with players’ values.

“I think it’s always been a balance. You’ve seen certain players make decisions based on religion or maybe certain foods they eat, they won’t partner with specific partners,” Cummins said.

“But we really thank all our partners for all they do for Cricket Australia and for supporting the game at the grassroots level, and we know our responsibilities. We’re doing our best and doing our best.”

Cummins comes under fire for hypocrisy

Cummins has previously championed the rights of athletes to express their views and raise objections from sponsors that they are not “aligned” with.

“I have my own personal views, so when it comes to personal sponsorship, there are some companies I wouldn’t want to join,” he said. The age.

“When we get money, whether it’s junior cricket, grassroots, fan stuff across Australia, I feel a real responsibility that on balance we’re doing the right thing.”

His stance has divided Australia with commentators telling the 29-year-old to essentially stay in his job.

The louder he talks about the business, the more criticism he gets.

He was accused of creating unnecessary emissions when he chartered a private flight from Adelaide to Sydney to be with his family during Covid lockdowns.

He has also been repeatedly called out for making millions from cricket in India as the country continues to operate with a weak climate change policy that has been widely condemned.

Cummins has also been spotted in a gas-guzzling luxury Range Rover.

2GB breakfast radio host Ben Fordham said on Tuesday: “The idea of ​​the National Captain personally lobbying his boss to cancel a $40 million sponsorship deal is just absolutely crazy.

“It’s an energy company — not an outlaw bikie gang.”

A prominent member of several environmental and social advocacy groups, Cummins also emerged this year as the leader of The Cool Down initiative – a climate change initiative involving 300 fellow athletes, including former Wallaby captain David Pocock, AFLW player and sports commentator Daisy Pearce, Olympic swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell, world champion surfer Mick Fanning and cricket veteran Ian Chappell.

He was criticized when the news came out for stepping outside his gym.

“He’s entitled to his opinion,” 3AW Drive host Tom Elliott said at the time.

“But if I were Pat Cummins, I’d focus on winning The Ashes.

“Athletes think that because they are good at sports, we should listen to them about other things. And yet the reality is that most of the time we shouldn’t.

“And let’s face it, if you’re an international cricketer getting paid hundreds of thousands – if not millions – to play in India and all sorts of different countries, your carbon footprint is much bigger than the average person’s.

“Cricketers fly around in first class and business class and cause far more pollution than the average person because their job, playing professional cricket, requires them to be in every corner of the world.

“I don’t see how on the one hand you can make money by flying all over the world with one slap, lecturing other people about climate change.”

Cummins is emerging as a divisive figure as one of the nation’s foremost athletes after being labeled “sadless” by fast bowling legend Mitchell Johnson earlier this year for his apparent refusal to support Langer.

Sky News commentator Rita Panahi was scathing for Cummins at the time, writing a column for: The Herald Sun where she criticized the cricketer’s double standards.

“Of course, as a climate change fighter, Cummins won’t make meaningful personal sacrifices, such as finding a job that doesn’t involve constantly flying around the world in aircraft that emit emissions,” she wrote.

“No, like all wealthy global warming alarmists, Cummins supports crippling policies that will negatively impact the living standards of the masses, while leaving his lifestyle and massive carbon footprint unchanged.”

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