Hefty workload hurts family life: Michael Clarke

SYDNEY: Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has urged administrators to reduce player workloads to safeguard their family life.

Clarke endorsed skipper Ricky Ponting''s claim that cricketers'' schedules were too full, an issue that will dominate discussions for the new memorandum of understanding between players and Cricket Australia.

"I think the major issue with the players at the moment is that because of the amount of cricket that is going on, and that includes all forms of the game, Twenty20, Test cricket one-day cricket, all the different competitions, I think guys careers are not going to last as long as they used to," Clarke said.

Clarke said it was unlikely players would bypass lucrative domestic Twenty20 tournaments, such as the Indian Premier League, to spend more time with their families.