Dhoni doubt­ful for Asia Cup af­ter suf­fer­ing back in­jury

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In­dian skip­per MS Dhoni suf­fered a back spasm dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion in a ma­jor blow to his team just ahead of the up­com­ing Asia Cup Twenty20, the na­tional cricket body said.

Dhoni, 34, sus­tained the mus­cle in­jury in his back dur­ing In­dia's first work­out in Bangladesh ahead of the 12-day tour­na­ment start­ing Wed­nes­day, the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said in a state­ment.

The BCCI named wick­et­keeper-bats­man Parthiv Pa­tel as Dhoni's cover in the 15-mem­ber In­dian squad for the event.

Pa­tel, 30, last played for In­dia dur­ing the ODI tri­an­gu­lar se­ries in Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary 2012. "Parthiv has been sum­moned as (a) pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure," the In­dian team's me­dia man­ager Nis­hant Arora said, ac­cord­ing to the Press Trust of In­dia.

Dhoni's in­jury comes as the lat­est set­back for his team af­ter In­dian pacer Mo­hammed Shami was ruled out of the Asia Cup last week since he failed to re­cover from a ham­string strain. The cap­tain's back prob­lem fu­elled con­cerns over a re­jig in the bat­ting or­der, and even more so over his fit­ness ahead of next month's cru­cial World Twenty20, with In­dia eye­ing a se­cond global ti­tle in the for­mat.

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