Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins, who is fighting for the climate, opposed a $40 million sponsorship deal with a power company, while flying first class and driving one of the vehicles most polluting luxury goods in the world.
Cummins was reportedly so concerned that Alinta Energy’s parent company Pioneer Sail Holdings was one of the country’s biggest carbon emitters that he shared his ‘ethical concerns’ with the CEO of Cricket Australia , Nick Hockley.
“More than ever before seeing players’ personalities, interests and passions shine through and having a little more say than maybe in the past,” Cummins boasted to Nine Newspapers on Tuesday.
Cummins’ stance, which was swiftly criticized by 2GB’s Ben Fordham and One Nation’s Mark Latham, means Alinta’s four-year contract with Cricket Australia will only be renewed for one more season before a new sponsor is wanted for the men’s team.
Alinta received a dismal 2 out of 5 stars in this year’s Green Electricity Guide, due to its plan to burn coal until 2047, the local environmental damage it causes and its 7th place ranking of Australia’s biggest polluters.
Australian Test and ODI cricket captain Pat Cummins (pictured with partner Becky Boston) went to bat against Cricket Australia’s biggest sponsor Alinta Energy
Cummins (pictured in December 2021) was pictured driving a Range Rover, considered one of the dirtiest SUVs in the world
“I think the most obvious and obvious things you can see is who we partner with. So hopefully when we think about who we want to line up, who we want to invite into cricket, hopefully climate is a real priority,’ Cummins said.
“I have my own personal opinions, so when it comes to personal sponsorships, there are certain companies that I wouldn’t want to align myself with. When we receive money, whether it’s programs for junior cricket, grassroots football, things for fans all over Australia, I feel a real responsibility that with this we do everything account does what is the right thing.
Cummins’ comments stand in stark contrast to his high-carbon lifestyle, which includes flying first class and driving luxury vehicles notorious for environmental damage.
The Australian cricket poster once uploaded a picture of himself traveling first class despite a 2013 World Bank study revealing the carbon footprint of first class air passengers was up to seven times greater than economy class passengers.
Cummins was also pictured driving a Range Rover which the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked in 2020 as one of the 12 greenest journeys on the road due to its carbon emissions.
The fast bowler’s comments sparked massive outrage and come after Australian netball players Diamonds recently refused to wear a team uniform emblazoned with the logo of mining tycoon Gina Rinehart’s company – Hancock Prospecting.
2GB Breakfast host Ben Fordham weighed in on the saga, saying sports and politics don’t mix.
He suggested Cummins stay a world-class bowler instead of telling Cricket Australia’s marketing department how to do their job.
“The idea of the national captain personally pressuring his boss to cancel a $40 million sponsorship deal is just crazy,” Fordham told listeners.
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Fordham said he was not suggesting sports stars take a vow of silence, but said they should be careful of the pitch they are campaigning on.
“No industry is immune to criticism,” he concluded.
“Banks, insurance, mining companies, fast food, soft drinks, alcohol, gambling, media companies.
“If you put a line on each of them…there will be no more sponsors!”
Australia’s top fast thrower has already been pictured enjoying the benefits of flying first class and testing the business class beds on a Qantas A380 here
Cummins told Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley that Alinta Energy did not match his personal views
One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham pointed out that Cummins featured in an Alinta Energy television ad campaign for their call centers, where he answered a phone call while doing yoga.
“Wasn’t that Pat Cummins in the Alinta Energy ad campaign? he captioned the ad.
Other critics, including Fordham, also pointed out that Alinta put its reputation on the line when the company signed on as title partner of Cricket Australia in 2018.
Australian cricket was in one of its darkest times at the time following the ball tampering saga in South Africa.
Cameron Bancroft was filmed taking sandpaper off the ball at the request of David Warner and with the knowledge of captain Steve Smith.
The trio’s crude attempt at cheating resulted in suspensions for the players and the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann and CA general manager James Sutherland.
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