Pat Cummins disputes allegations that his opinions cost CA money

Pat Cummins disputes allegations that his opinions cost CA money

Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia's Test and One-Day International teams, has denied allegations that his stance on environmental problems cost Cricket Australia a $40 million loss in sponsorship with Alinta Energy.

A week before Australia travels to India for the Border-Gavaskar series, Cummins is stirring up an old dispute once again after initially refusing to take part in any sponsor commercials in October of last year.

The fast bowler reportedly met with Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Nick Hockley at that point to raise his "concerns regarding the national team's relationship with Alinta Energy."

According to a statement released by CA in October 2022, Alinta Energy then announced it would not extend its sponsorship beyond June 2023 owing to a "change in its marketing strategy."

On Tuesday, Cummins said that as a captain, he was exposed to controversy.

Cummins told News Corp, "The nature of the job I am in, you get drawn into other things."

It was one of those times when views about you from people you don't know were something you had to live with. People in my age and the area are enthusiastic about many topics. Some people can't leave those values at the door, but they are open-minded to things," added Cummins, who will be traveling to India the following week for the four-test series that starts on February 9 in Nagpur.

Cummins had already said in October of last year that there was no harm in expressing one's ideas since one must maintain equilibrium when making judgments.

A balance has always existed. We have seen some athletes refuse to team up with certain partners because of their beliefs or the meals they consume, Cummins had added.

"Every organization has a duty to act in the best interests of the sport, the organization, and, hopefully, future generations of society.

Making judgments regarding who to accept into the cricket family requires a delicate balance, he said.