Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur rues 'deliberate campaign' against him

Arthur, who was replaced by Darren Lehmann, said that given the circumstances of his dismissal, he had hoped that Cricket Australia would be willing to resolve the matter through private talks.

updated: July 21, 2013 14:47 IST
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Sydney: Axed Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday said there had been a "deliberate campaign" against him in past days and his reputation had suffered greatly from his sacking.

Returning to Perth after attending his mother's funeral in South Africa, Arthur said he had no choice but to take legal action against Cricket Australia after he was dismissed just days before the start of the Ashes series against England.

"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 read from a statement.

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