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Pacemen's workload must be aligned to national interest: Dhoni


Dhoni said that if the team grooms a fast bowler but he has to play a lot of matches at home, he often becomes a line and length bowler.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called for the workload of the Indian fast bowlers in domestic tournament to be aligned to the national team's needs. "It has been a problem for some time now in our set-up. When they are not playing for India, their State Associations sometimes make excessive demands of these bowlers," he said.
"If the Associations like India to benefit and realise that these are the bowlers we rely upon in all formats Tests, ODIs and T20s they will understand that there is a great deal of intensity needed. Their workload needs to be monitored when they play domestic matches. I believe that they should not be playing all matches," he said.
"Other teams enjoy a break for at least two months but we do not have two months break across a year," he said. "I know it is tough but if all State Association compromise with the fact that these bowlers are needed for India, they can play really long."
The Indian ODI captain said that if the team grooms a fast bowler but he has to play a lot of matches at home, he often becomes a line and length bowler. "It then becomes a problem for us when we play outside the sub-continent. We will have to set up a plan," he said, pointing out that if the set of bowlers use their learnings from the tour of Australia, they could play long.
Dhoni also said that he would like the ODI playing conditions to change since they are harsh, especially on spinners who like to deceive the batsmen with flight. "Let's not make 50-over game like a T20 game because a lot of sixes and fours makes it very boring. The main essence of ODI cricket is how you bat from the 15th over onwards until maybe the 35th over," he said.
"Now you have these all batsmen playing sweeps, reverse sweeps and all these different shots, and they have an advantage. But you want power to dominate because that has been ODI cricket more than the soft touches and all. You have the option as a captain; if you like this rule, you can bring the fielder inside.
"We had not seen a 200 for many years; and yet, in a short time, we have seen 200s being scored. A lot of people will say there are a lot of dot balls that are getting bowled because of that extra fielder inside. I would say have the option of having them outside, you can keep all 11 inside to stop all the dot deliveries."
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