Pat Cummins trashes claims of Cricket Australia incurring financial loss because of his views on environmental issues
CA made a statement in October 2022 which stated that the Alinta Energy decided that it will not renew its sponsorship with the cricket board after June, 2023
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Australia’s Test skipper Pat Cummins has quashed all the claims that suggest that his views on the environmental issues caused Cricket Australia a financial loss of 40 million AUD in sponsorship with Alinta Energy.
As Australia are all set to leave for India for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Cummins has again found himself in an old controversy that began in October 2022 as he refused to appear in any of the advertisements for the title sponsor of the Australian Cricket team.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 29 year old Australian pacer had a meeting with CA’s Chief Executive, Nick Hockley where he expressed his ‘concerns over National side’s deal with Alinta Energy’.
CA made a statement in October 2022 which stated that Alinta Energy decided that it will not renew its sponsorship with the cricket board after June 2023, due to a ‘change in its brand strategy.’
Talking to News Corp on Tuesday, the Australian Test skipper says, "The nature of the position I am in, you get dragged into different things. It was one of those moments you have to live with -- people you don't know having opinions about you. My generation and people around that are passionate about different things. They are open-minded to things; some people can't leave those values at the door."
Earlier in October 2022, Cummins stated that there is no harm in expressing ones thoughts as one has to keep a balance while making decisions. He said, "It has always been a balance. We have seen certain players make decisions based on religions, or certain foods they eat, where they won't partner with specific partners."
He further added, "Every organisation has a responsibility to do what's right for the sport and what they think is right for the organisation, and, I hope, society when it moves forward.It is a balance when you make decisions about who you are going to welcome into the cricket family."
Australia will be touring India for a four-match Test series and a three-match ODI series starting February 9.