Dhoni blasts con­di­tion of Asia Cup pitches

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

In­dia's lim­ited-overs cap­tain MS Dhoni has hit out at the con­di­tion of the pitches at the Asia Cup, claim­ing they are not pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion for the ICC World Twenty20. Only the open­ing match of the T20 tour­na­ment has fea­tured a score of over 140, with In­dia hit­ting 166-6 in a 45-run de­feat of Bangladesh.

The pitches pre­pared at the Shere Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium in Mir­pur - the sole venue for the com­pe­ti­tion - ap­pear to heav­ily favour the bowlers. In­dia's five-wicket win on Satur­day over Pak­istan, who were bowled out for 83, served as ev­i­dence of that, and Dhoni be­lieves the sur­faces are not al­low­ing the sub­con­ti­nen­tal teams to ready them­selves for the World T20, which starts next month in In­dia.

"The rea­son why peo­ple love T20 is for the sixes and fours," Dhoni said. "You do not want 80s or 100s to be scored. Low-scor­ing should be a 135 or 130. "The amount of move­ment we have seen so far, it is very dif­fi­cult to just come out and play big shots.

"One game we scored [166] but you know it seemed like a game where we will score 140. "Be­cause of the fire­power and a few good overs, we were able to score but other than that, all the other games played have been low-scor­ing games which is not very good.

"We thought it will be a very good prac­tice be­fore get­ting into the T20 World Cup. When it comes to the hit­ting, maybe not. "When it comes to read­ing the game and re­spect­ing the con­di­tion, it has been good for us.

"We are a side which plays ag­gres­sive cricket so it pushes us to re­spect the con­di­tion when the wick­ets are not bat­ting-friendly."

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