In an effort to prevent Brett Lee's marriage breakup-like incidents due to long overseas tours, Cricket Australia has invited wives and girlfriends to a team camp before the players leave for England where they will play non-stop for nearly four months.
"It is uncharted territory. We are in an unprecedented period of playing cricket and we are conscious of the number of new players into the team and the number of new partners, young families, newly married players," said CA operations manager Michael Brown.
The camp, to be held in Sunshine Coast next month, will be attended by all 25 CA contracted players and members of Twenty20 World Cup squad. It will comprise training sessions, planning and contract meetings, and will involve the partners in sessions run by relationships experts on how to cope with the pitfalls of life on the road.
Cricketers who play all forms of the game will be in England for almost four months to play ICC Twenty20 World Championships (June 5-21) followed by five-match Ashes series (July 1-August 24) and seven one-dayers (September 4-20).
"It is a great opportunity for us to take a more holistic approach to welfare, management, relationships and (to) work with some experts," Brown was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.
CA is mindful of the toll taken on relationships, following the breakdown of Brett Lee's marriage last year and the off-field problems of Andrew Symonds.