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Chris Lynn (IANS Photo)

Australia batsman Chris Lynn has taken a swipe at the extended Big Bash League (BBL) saying the season is too long and that the players are complaining of fatigue.

Lynn, who leads Brisbane Heat in BBL, suggests that Cricket Australia might review its decision to reform the annual T20 league which has seen no. of matches being increased to 59 from 43 matches last season.

The league started from December 17 and will conclude on February 17 when the final will be played making it a two-month long affair. “I think 14 games is too many. You do get a few breaks in between, here and there, but it just drags out,” Lynn said on Sunday.

He continued “It’s a bit of a roller coaster, you can go in and out of form so quickly. Yeah, we’re down the bottom end, but talking to the players around the other squads, there are some tired boys.

“And I don’t want to be soft or anything like that, but that’s just the vibe I am getting. Obviously, the season goes a bit longer when you’re not winning much, but even talking to the Stars boys before the game, they said exactly the same. It’s something that Cricket Australia will review at the end of the year. In saying that, it’s an amazing product.”

However, it’s not a unanimous feeling with Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques offering a contrasting perspective.

Henriques said those who don’t have the previous experience of playing in 14 matches are the one struggling.

Citing his own stint in the Indian Premier League, Henriques said, “I played eight IPLs now and all those IPL seasons are 14 games long and in less time than this. I’m used to doing it but other players who aren’t used to playing T20 tournaments may struggle.

“I think we’ve had a decent draw, we’ve had six games away in a row, and now we’ve had five games at home in a row. Any sort of fatigue we’ve been feeling after that away trip, we’ve been able to freshen up now.”