Dhoni: IPL positive for India team

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MS Dhoni insists the Indian Premier League offers his players more positives than negatives, amid claims the T20 competition has been compromising the success of India on the international stage.

India's record following the IPL has been modest at best since its inaugural season, while the current campaign has delayed the preparation of the international team ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month.

The arrival of India for the competition was delayed by three days following the end of the IPL on May 26 and have yet to test themselves in the English conditions with their opening Champions Trophy game against South Africa on June 6.

India have two warm-up encounters before the tournament begins but, with the weather against them at present, may have to face South Africa having failed to complete a 50-over match since January.

Dhoni, however, has hit back at suggestions the IPL is doing more harm that good to the national side, and says the India players have benefitted from facing the world's best players over the T20 season.

"You have to look at the positives," Dhoni told a press conference. "The players that are playing the IPL, they had good exposure to international bowlers because bowlers from all over the world, they come and play in the IPL, right from Dale Steyn to the best that the world has to offer, which means most of the players are in touch. They are in good rhythm.

"Also, this year was not really hectic. We have to travel, but we all know in India the hospitality business is really good so from the hotels to the airline business, I don't think that really pushes us on the back foot."

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