Asia Cup 2016: Dhoni suffers injury in training; Parthiv Patel named 'precautionary' backup

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has suffered muscle spasm in training, casting doubts over his participation in the sub-continental event.

FP Sports, Feb, 23 2016

As India prepare to begin their Asia Cup T20 campaign in Bangladesh, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has suffered muscle spasm in training, casting doubts over his participation in the sub-continental event. Mumbai Indians and Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel will be flown in as the back-up 'keeper, BCCI said in a release on Monday.

MS Dhoni and Parthiv Patel. Getty

MS Dhoni and Parthiv Patel. Getty

The Asia Cup, which will be played in the T20 format this year in the lead-up to the ICC World T20 in March, will feature Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and a qualifier to be determined on Monday.

Parthiv Patel last played for India in 2012, in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Brisbane. He has played in only two T20Is, one each against England and West Indies, both in 2011. The dimunitive keeper-batsman did enjoy a successful domestic season with Gujarat, leading his team to the Vijay Hazare Trophy title, even scoring a century in the final. He was also in good form at the back-end of IPL 2015, when he played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians title march.

India's first match is against Bangladesh on Wednesday, 24 February, before the marquee fixture against Pakistan on 27 February.

"India ODI and T20I captain MS Dhoni has suffered a muscle spasm in the back during a training session today in Dhaka," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Parthiv Patel as the back-up wicketkeeper for the upcoming Asia Cup, 2016. He will join the team in Dhaka at the earliest."

Medium Pacer Jasprit Bumrah did not train on the first day as well.

"Parthiv has been summoned as precautionary measure," team's media manager Nishant Arora said.

As far as Bumrah is concerned, he is "little under the weather and advised rest today".

With PTI inputs

Published Date: Feb 23, 2016 | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2016



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