My termination was ‘totally unfair’, says Mickey Arthur

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Arthur believes his reputation has gone down the toilet

Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur has announced that his termination by Cricket Australia was “totally unfair” and now has no other option but to take legal action against the board.

Arthur noted that he was given a positive review by Cricket Australia just prior to the Ashes series and added that his reputation had gone down the toilet, making it hard for him to find another job in the cricket coaching industry.

Since being fired, Arthur has returned to his hometown of South Africa and once again reiterated the fact that he was not responsible for the leaking of his personal legal documents a couple of weeks ago.

Some of the claims Arthur published in the documents include that of captain Michael Clarke seeing all-rounder Shane Watson as “a cancer” on the national team and that Arthur himself had been subjected to racial abuse and “scapegoating” during his tenure as head coach.

“James Sutherland himself said that, to an extent, I had been made, I quote, ‘a scapegoat’,” Arthur said. “I find that 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. 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.

“I am told that David Warner’s conduct was ‘the last straw’ for the board. I received no hearing at all over that issue, and no one was doing more to improve discipline in the young Australian team than I was. 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. 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.

“I thought, perhaps naively, that, under all the circumstances of my dismissal, that Cricket Australia would be willing to have sensible and good faith talks in private. Sadly that hasn’t happened. And here we are today. I never wanted to launch legal action but Cricket Australia simply left me no option.”

Arthur added that the David Warner incident, where he punched England’s Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy, had been the final straw for Cricket Australia and the board held him responsible for the poor conduct of the players both on and off the field.

Responding to Arthur’s comments, Cricket Australia released a statement, which said: “Cricket Australia stands by its earlier statements on this matter and disputes a number of claims made by Mickey Arthur today. We will not be articulating these disputes publicly except to say that we are confident in our legal position, are comfortable with the level of support provided to Mickey and look forward to resolving this matter in an appropriate manner.”

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