I was forced to take legal action against Cricket Australia: Mickey Arthur
Axed Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur yesterday said there had been a "deliberate campaign" against him in past days and his reputation had suffered greatly from his sacking.
Returning to Perth after attending his mother’s funeral in South Africa, Arthur said he had no choice but to take legal action against Cricket Australia after he was dismissed just days before the start of the Ashes series against England.
“After my dismissal, I received nothing in writing from Cricket Australia, no contact, and no payment at all, not even of my basic leave pay, until I was forced to bring in lawyers to assist in the process,” he read from a statement.
“I had tried on a number of occasions to make direct contact at a very senior level of Cricket Australia, for days there was just no response.”
Arthur, who was replaced by Darren Lehmann, said that given the circumstances of his dismissal, he had hoped that Cricket Australia would be willing to resolve the matter through private talks.
But explosive details of his Aus$4 million case to the Fair Work Commission, including claims of divisions within the Australian team, were leaked to the media ahead of the second Test.
Arthur, who was sacked after a series loss in India, a poor showing in the Champions League and incidents of ill-discipline among the team, said that Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland had even acknowledged that he had to some extent been made a scapegoat.
“The damage to my reputation and career has been immense, which means the chances of me getting a senior job are that much less,” the South African said.
“I was truly shocked and devastated by my dismissal. “I had received a positive appraisal on all my key performance indicators just prior to departing for the Ashes tour.”