Ex-Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has confirmed that he is suing Cricket Australia for racial discrimination after being dumped from the job.
News 24 reports that he also blasted the leaking of details of the case to the media. The South African was axed just 16 days before the first test against Ashes-holders England at Trent Bridge, and replaced by former Australian batsman Darren Lehman. His Australian-based lawyers said proceedings were filed with the Fair Work Commission last week on a “number of grounds for being sacked and scapegoated.” “The grounds include racial discrimination,” Arthur and his lawyers said in a statement. Reports said Arthur was claiming he had been discriminated against because he was South African and “didn’t understand the Australian way.” He was upset the details had been leaked as he wanted the matter to be kept quiet. “I am extremely upset and disappointed that confidential documents appear to have been given by others to the media.”
Earlier, the the Sydney Morning Herald reported that ex-Australian coach Mickey Arthur had claimed that Aussie captain Michael Clarke had called former vice-captain Shane Watson ‘a cancer’ in the team. This was according to court documents Arthur submitted as part of his R40-million rand claim against cricket Australia.
The revelations threaten to destabilise the Australian team further, as they approach the second test at Lord’s after a defeat in the first test in the current Ashes series. Arthur detailed a divided dressing room that had a serious influence on the team’s performance in the current season.
News 24 reports that Arthur claimed in a statement in a Melbourne court that he was the “meat in the sandwich” in a feud between Clarke and Watson, who was vice-captain until he resigned in April.
Arthur wants four million dollars in damage from Cricket Australia after he was fired 16 days before the start of the Ashes series, and replaced by Darren Lehman.
Arthur’s legal action against CA includes claims he was discriminated against because he was South African, and he says he was not given full support by the governing body after he and Clarke punished four players in the notorious homework scandal on their tour of India in March.
In another revelation Arthur claimed that Watson had tipped him off about David Warner’s barroom brawl with England’s Joe Root during the ICC Trophy tournament, which led to Warner’s suspension.