Mickey Arthur has blamed Cricket Australia (CA) for forcing him to take legal action over his “unfair” sacking as coach of the national team and said the incident had caused major damage to his career and reputation. South African Arthur, the first non-Australian to coach the team, had a contract until 2015 but was sacked and replaced by Darren Lehmann in June, weeks before the start of the Ashes series.
Arthur subsequently filed a case with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Australia, demanding $3.6 million in compensation or reinstatement as coach. On his arrival in Perth on Sunday, the 45-year-old said he had hoped for a private resolution but failed to establish contact with senior CA officials despite multiple attempts.
“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,” Arthur said.
“I was really trying for a private resolution that would not have any collateral damage to the reputation of any of us... I thought, perhaps naively, that, under all the circumstances of my dismissal, Cricket Australia would be willing to have sensible and good-faith talks in private.”
“... A totally unfair basis to end my career. The damage to my reputation and career has been immense, which means the chances of me getting a senior job are that much less.”
CA declined to make a detailed response to Arthur’s remarks but reiterated confidence in their legal standing.