Overdose of IPL will result in cricketers' burnout: Darren Lehmann

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New Delhi, July 1: Australian coach Darren Lehmann has once again raised concerns over cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) causing player fatigue.

(BCCI announces holding mini-IPL in September outside India)

As per Reuters report, Lehmann has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help reduce the workload on players competing in all three forms of the game as he fears the current packed schedule is unsustainable.

Overdose of IPL will result in cricketers' burnout: Darren Lehmann

At a time when the BCCI is all set to capitalise over a two-week window in September to host a mini-IPL, Lehmann fears such a tournament would further restrict time off for his players.

Lehmann said that while the financial incentive to play in India was tempting, but it results in wearing the players out and that the ICC should use a common sense approach to future scheduling so that the toll on bodies wasn't too high.

(Two-division Tests and One-Day League on ICC agenda)

"If it keeps going like this, with players playing IPL as well, they are inevitably going to break down," Lehmann told Australian media on Friday.

"Hopefully changes will happen at the ICC and then you will see a refined schedule which will be better."

As per the report, Australian cricketers who played all three formats spent on average 280 days overseas, in 2015. Under Cricket Australia (CA) contracts, players are given a six-week break from commitments, which many use to sign lucrative IPL contracts. 

Most of the Australian cricketers, playing in the international side, play for different franchises in the IPL. 

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