Mickey Arthur hopeful of settlement with Cricket Australia

Dumped Australia coach demands HK$28m for racial discrimination after his abrupt sacking

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 2:46am

Dumped coach Mickey Arthur failed yesterday to reach a settlement with Cricket Australia over his abrupt sacking from the national team, but said he was confident a resolution would be found.

The South African is suing for up to A$4 million (HK$28.7 million) over his sacking, claiming there was a deliberate campaign against him and he had no choice but to take legal action.

"Although we didn't come to an outcome today, I'm pretty confident there was enough goodwill in the room for us to continue talks next week," Arthur said after more than five hours of conciliation talks at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney.

"As I've said, all I want is a fair and reasonable outcome, and hopefully we will get a solution next week."

Arthur, 45, a former coach of South Africa's Proteas, was sacked after Australia lost a test series in India 4-0 and followed it up with a poor showing at the Champions Trophy in England.

He said his sacking left him devastated and his reputation had suffered greatly as a result of his public ousting before an Ashes series.

"The damage to my reputation and career has been immense, which means the chances of me getting a senior job are that much less," Arthur said.

Arthur claimed that after his dismissal, he received nothing in writing from Cricket Australia, "no contact, and no payment at all, not even my basic leave pay, until I was forced to bring in lawyers to assist in the process".

He said he had hoped Cricket Australia would be willing to discuss the matter privately, but instead details were leaked to the media.

Lawyers for Arthur, who had two years to run on his contract, said the coach was suing for racial discrimination.

Arthur was replaced by Darren Lehmann in the days ahead of the Ashes. Australia have lost the first two tests.