We are not after hefty pay cheques: Clarke

Updated: 08 December 2008 13:47 IST

Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has dismissed suggestions that the world champions were after more money and less work.

Melbourne:

Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has dismissed suggestions that the world champions were after more money and less work, insisting that players are only concerned about their careers being cut short due to too much cricket.

Players are negotiating their new contracts with Cricket Australia amid reports that Ricky Ponting's men want their workload cut down and pay-cheques increased.

"I can guarantee that's certainly not the case," Clarke told 'Sydney Radio 2KY'.

"The major issue with the players at the moment is because of the amount of cricket going on, and that includes all forms of the game, guys careers are not going to last as long as they used to. That's the worrying factor," he insisted.

Australian Cricketers' Association chief Paul Marsh said the amount of cricket being played currently is "unprecedented" and in such a busy schedule it would be extremely taxing, if they are asked to do too many promotional events.

"The point is because they are playing so much they don't have as much time to do the off-field obligations as they otherwise would have," he said.

"It's not about working less in total because they are going to be working a hell of a lot more on the field than they have in the past," he explained.

Marsh said cricketers have a life away from the field and their families also needed their time.

"I'll never complain about our job because we're blessed, we're the lucky ones and we have got a fantastic lifestyle, but in the next 15 months the guys will spend 10-11 months without seeing their wives and kids," he said.

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