Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia Reach Confidential Settlement

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2013

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  Mickey Arthur the outgoing coach of Australia address the media after being relieved of his duties at a Australia cricket press conference following the sacking of head coach Mickey Arthur on June 24, 2013 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday that it has reached a “confidential settlement” with former coach Mickey Arthur. 

Arthur had taken legal action against his former employers following his axing in June. However, CA released a statement—quoted by The Guardian—to confirm a resolution on Wednesday.

Both Mickey and CA agree that it is unfortunate that the dispute was not settled prior to the issuing of legal proceedings. Both parties agree that a resolution now is in the interests of the Australian cricket team and cricket generally in Australia.

Cricket Australia appreciates the efforts that Mickey applied to his coaching role, and wishes him the very best in his future career.

Arthur was relieved of his duties following a dire Champions Trophy campaign, which came on the back of an embarrassing 4-0 Test series whitewash at the hands of India.

The decision arrived two days before the start of the Ashes tour, which currently sees Australia trailing England 2-0. Darren Lehmann was ushered in as a rapid replacement.

Arthur put together a list of claims about the Australian setup to form the basis of his legal action, and details were leaked two weeks ago including allegations that he had been discriminated against due to his South African background.

However, having initially demanded a reported AUD 4 million in compensation, Arthur revealed he significantly reduced those demands as he addressed the media with a relaxed smile on his face.

"For me this was never solely about the money, I just wanted to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect," he was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

'I have significantly reduced my claim, as it is being settled tonight, and is not dragging on at any significant cost. Importantly I've been very mindful of protecting the Australian cricket team from any further publicity surrounding this dispute. With this fair and reasonable deal, we can now all get on with our lives.'

Australia will now look to put off-field troubles to one side as they bid to keep the Ashes series alive when the third Test starts on Thursday. Failure to beat England at Old Trafford would see the home side retain the famous urn.