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`Happy` Arthur reaches mutual agreement with CA following 13 hrs negotiations

Melbourne, Aug 1 (ANI): Former Australian coach Mickey Arthur has reportedly finally reached a settlement with Cricket Australia (CA) following 13 hours of negotiations at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney.

According to Telegraph.com.au, Arthur, who was sacked just two weeks before the Ashes began and replaced by Darren Lehmann, initially sought to sue CA for up to four million dollars after he claimed not to have received anything in writing and no payment following his shock dismissal.

However, the report added that the South African had accepted a ‘considerably reduced’ financial settlement in order for both parties to move on.

Expressing his satisfaction at settling matters with CA without the need to proceed to a potentially expensive and protracted litigation, Arthur said that although it was a pity that he had to launch legal proceedings, he felt that it was necessary, as he wanted to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

However, Arthur insisted that he was very mindful of protecting the Australian cricket team from any further publicity surrounding this dispute, adding that they can now get on with their individual futures with this fair and reasonable deal.

Looking forward to starting a new chapter in his life, Arthur further said that he has no plans to leave Australia, adding that he cannot wait to get involved in something different, as cricket has always been his life and passion.

Despite his dismissal and the leaking of damaging details of his legal case, Arthur said that he harbours no hard feelings towards CA, adding that he was honoured to be in charge of the Australian cricket team for two years and was also pleased with the relationships he made there. (ANI)