Cricket Australia physio David Beakley, who was fired only days before a tour to Pakistan, is allegedly suing the organization.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CA settled with Beakley after firing a long-time employee in the wake of Justin Langer’s departure. Due to a nondisclosure disclosure agreement, neither Beakley’s lawyer nor CA was able to speak with the publication about the case.
Despite this, CA defended increased manager Ben Oliver, whose connection with the players was rumored to be problematic at the moment of Beakley’s dismissal.
“For our high-performance division, there is no official assessment happening or planned,” CA stated.
“As evidenced by possibly the most successful summer in our teams’ history, we take a proactive maintenance effort as a matter of course.
“Of course, we are ecstatic with the results, which have been aided by our high-performance department and the contributions of so many across Australian cricket,” CA stated.
‘Justin Langer’s contract will be extended for another two years’: Oliver
Beakley was a popular presence in the Australian dressing room, and his exit, which occurred only days before the first Test against Pakistan earlier this year, caught the team off guard.
Players were outraged by the decision, according to the Daily Telegraph, and may have asked Oliver if it was a power play by CA to prove who was in charge.
After Langer was forced away at the behest of some senior figures, doubts were raised about the number of power players wielded.
Justin Langer was supposedly given a two-year contract renewal by Oliver, but he was only offered a six-month extension, which he declined. Langer and team manager Gavin Dovey both left after Beakley’s departure.