Dhoni blasts condition of Asia Cup pitches


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."

Dhoni's team-mate Virat Kohli, meanwhile, has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for disagreeing with his dismissal while on 49 during the Pakistan game. 

An International Cricket Council statement said: "The incident happened in the 15th over of India's innings when Kohli, after being given out leg before, displayed dissent by first showing his bat and then leaving the crease while looking back at the umpire and uttering some words that were contrary to the spirit of the game.

"On Sunday, Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees."