8 years ago, Nathan Bracken had a spell of bowling which swiped Sri Lanka’s route to be the crown of Cricket World Cup Champions. But on Friday, the poster boy will watch Australia’s match on the sofa at home, as he has been “frozen out” from the sport due to his bitter legal fight with Cricket Australia.
The fight is over the issue of Cricket Australia’s lack of protection of players whose careers are finished in half way because of injury.
Bracken 37, retired forcefully after his chronic right knee injury. He was permanently disabled after this injury.
Bracken made his debut in test in 2003, this match was in Brisbane against India. But he made his mark in limited over games. He was ranked as number one bowler in ODI’s in 2008. He played 116 matches for Australia before the knee injury finished off his career.
In 2010, after his last match against England, he approached Cricket Australia for the insurance agreement to underwrite bills for his on-going treatment and surgery.
Bracken said that he cannot watch a whole World Cup game. He can only watch bits and then leave the room because he cannot watch anymore as it’s too painful for him. He added that he didn’t questioned about the insurance he just expected it.
He also added that that’s how the things works, if someone get injured during the work then there is a system to help and assist you but nothing like that happened with him he was pretty much laughed out of the room.