Australia cricket stars snubbed on burn-out claims

December 15th, 2008 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 15 (IANS) Australian cricket stars’ claims of burnout have received strong reaction from the country’s public.Test vice-captain Michael Clarke last week raised the issue of burnout, claiming a glut of cricket, coupled with off-field sponsorship duties, had affected players’ downtime and private lives.

But a study of the cricket calendar and player earnings suggests Australia’s elite cricketers are getting handsome rewards for their efforts.

The general public is dubious about the pressure on the Australian team, with 67 per cent of respondents in an online poll saying they do not deserve a pay rise.

In the past year, no CA-contracted player played more than 85 days of international cricket, with the top 12 receiving $2.7million, collectively, in match payments. And despite grievances about Australia’s hectic workload in the next 15 months, the very schedule being criticised will deliver an unprecedented $8million in match fees for Ponting and his team.

Former Test keeper Ian Healy believes the current crop play too many matches but says the national squad must be mindful of public perception.

“Perception is better than the truth in many cases,” Healy said.

“They are playing more games, but they are pretty well paid, they share in the game’s revenues and that’s what they have to ensure - that the game’s revenue stays strong so they continue to benefit.”

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