Mickey Arthur denies leaking info
Perth - Mickey Arthur says he tried to avoid "collateral damage" to the Australian cricket team when he launched legal action over his dismissal as national coach and claims he became the victim of a "deliberate campaign" to taint his reputation. Arthur read a prepared statement to reporters on his return to Australia from South Africa, where he had attended his mother's funeral. He said neither he nor any of his associates were responsible for the leak to the news media of details of his case against Cricket Australia in which he is seeking $4 million (R40m) in compensation for unfair dismissal.
He said his efforts had been negated by the deliberate leaking of details of the case he will take to the employment arbitrator Fair Work Australia. "Selective leaks by others have ruined my attempts to protect the Australian cricket team and everyone involved," Arthur said.
He said he'd been left with little choice but to launch legal action seeking compensation or reappointment after he was summarily sacked part-way through his contract. "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 said.
"I had tried on a number of occasions to make direct contact at a very senior level of Cricket Australia. "I was really trying for a private resolution that would not have any collateral damage to the reputation of any of us, the Australian team, Australian cricket, or me.
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.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24