Thursday, 13 October 2011

Nathan Bracken sues Cricket Australia after being ‘forced’ to retire

SYDNEY: Former test paceman Nathan Bracken has taken Cricket Australia to court seeking compensation for lost earnings and expenses after he was forced to retire this year due to a chronic knee injury.

Bracken, who retired in January after missing the entire 2010 season due to injury, is seeking compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and damages from CA in the Supreme Court, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

Thursday’s report said Bracken is seeking about $1 million, saying CA was negligent in allowing him to play with his knee injury.

After a brief court appearance Wednesday, Bracken’s lawyer Richard O’Keefe asked the case be adjourned because CA had not complied with previous court orders to provide “medical records relating to the plaintiff,” the report said. Bracken was not present Wednesday.

CA was given more time to produce the documents and the case is scheduled to reappear in court on Nov. 30.

Bracken, 34, played five tests between 2003 and 2005, taking 12 wickets at an average of 42.08. He played 116 one-dayers from 2001 to 2009, claiming 174 wickets at 24.36.

CA dropped Bracken from its list of centrally contracted players in April, 2010, before the bowler eventually announced his retirement from cricket this year. AP

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