India in England 2014 August 18, 2014

Former India player should work with Fletcher - BCCI joint-secretary


BCCI joint-secretary Anurag Thakur believes a former India player working with Duncan Fletcher would improve communication between him and the team © AFP

Following India's defeat in England, BCCI joint-secretary Anurag Thakur has voiced concern over the performance of the team's support staff. He said he felt "some introspection" is needed.

"Not only as a BCCI official, but just like millions of fans, I am extremely disappointed with the Indian team's performance in this Test series against England," Thakur told PTI. "I think some introspection is needed in order to get back to winning ways."

Thakur felt the role of coach Duncan Fletcher had to be looked into, to see if some alternative options could be worked out. "Obviously, there are questions about the role of support staff after such a performance. If you ask me, I would ideally like an Indian support staff to work in tandem with Fletcher, which might help him to prepare better for the future tour," Thakur, who is also the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, suggested.

Asked to elaborate, Thakur explained, "What I feel is that a former cricketer of repute should be working with Mr Fletcher. It necessarily does not have to be a coaching role but some well-defined role. We have a lot of former greats and they have an idea about the psyche of the Indian players. The focus will be on those former players who have done well in overseas conditions.

"Since they have been there and done that, they can talk to the players, understand their technical problems. They can act as a bridge between the players and the chief coach. I believe a reputed former Indian player is necessary to improve the communication."

He agreed that a demoralising defeat, like the ones at Old Trafford and The Oval, will play on players' minds but a good show in the ODI series can change that. "The ODIs will start and right now what one needs is to lift the spirits of the players. A good performance in the limited overs is needed to boost the confidence," Thakur said. "Hopefully, the support staff will be able to lift the morale of the team."

Thakur was non-committal on whether MS Dhoni should continue as the captain of the team. "That is a call that selectors have to take and I can't individually comment on that," he said. "If there are any suggestions that I need to put forward on this issue, I will do it at the appropriate forum and not through the media."

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  • Anand on August 21, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Anurag Thakur along with the other BCCI member should be hold accountable for the decline of Test cricket by India. Having the same head coach and captain after many series loss in Test series does not happen in other country.

  • Anukalp on August 19, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @Cherai Thunder's: I may want to through some light on this matter. You said "a team which is so ordinary in all departments of game', lets compare the team of 2002 vs 2014 and bowlers did a fairly decent job let me remind you(don't compare spin quality in overseas conditions) and please note down my quote "Good Players don't Become Bad or Dreadful Overnight" Pujara : Even after this abysmal tour test average :: 49.26 v/s Rahul Dravid : Test Average before 2002 :: 50.92 Rahul dravid is a better fielder in slip cordon but comparing the standards they are equally good fielders. The team of 2002 showed courage and determination to play on tracks which doesn't suit them nor to their spin bowlers. Sachin is a prodigy to compare him with kohli is unfair. If you are not performing gud enough you will obviously look for support staff,yes to some extent its players fault.

  • Mohan on August 19, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    It is easy to blame Dhoni and much as it may seem to be his shortcoming in captaincy - we will never know for sure. We need to frankly look at the Indian team and see if they really had it in them to support a Captain's plan. What ever be the cut one gives, you cannot make glass sparkle like a diamond. There is a limit to which a coach and a captain can raise the inherent standard. The results are in line with current skill levels of the players who lack many of the skill sets required for test match play, having been bred on the shorter formats of cricket. Even the Indian bowling attack which seems to have done reasonably well is not truly penetrative and they suffered even more due to poor close in catching (which used to be good in the past and make a difference). The only reason I would change Dhoni from test captaincy is to get a fresh hand at it. However, he has one great quality- the mental resilience and that seems lacking in almost all others.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    every one here is blaming dhoni and fletcher for the results obtained but nobody seems to understand it is the batting failure that caused this results.nothung more can be done by dhoni when he captains a team which is so ordinary in all departments of game ,whether dhoni is a superman to singlehandedly produce result it is the responsibility on the whole team so everybody has to accept the blame not dhoni alone.his defensive tactics was because the players are not skilled enough to implement the strategy india he has got players who can play and bowl spin well so adopts attacking strategyand win matches for india unfortunately in foreign conditions it is opposite.clarke/ponting/strauss/smith etc flaterred in subcontinent and wins in bouncy conditions and you people still call him grat captains and when it comesto dhoni why are not following the same.

  • Yogarajan on August 19, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    after many loses I seriously doubt when they will drop Duncan, He is not fi with Indian Team and also does not have the great Tactics, He simply watches the match as a spectator from the gallery, whether India wins or loses, no expression, Instead of Thinking for a new captain, should think for a new coach... that would be wise and will give a change,

  • Paul on August 19, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    The BCCI needs to let the players work overseas for a season; Sachin, Dravid etc all did this and went on to be consistent around the world. If the BCCI won't let their players get overseas experience due to the concentration on T20 then they have to accept that this trend will continue. I would love to see Kholi, Dharwan et al coming to the UK to play and adapt to the conditions.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Just shut this IPL and play test and one day cricket thats it and I request BCCI to go for the technology that is UDRS otherwise same story wrong decision in australia also we will get 5-0 white wash

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    the overall negative and defensive mindset has to be reformed may be by the coach or by the former players like Mr. Shastri. The team needs to build confidence from their lords win and take it further.

  • Cameron on August 19, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    The Indian individual performances were largely poor it isn't really the coaches fault. Dare I say it but have India gotten carried away with the IPL? There is certainly the illusion that it is popular outside India when it isn't at all but other boards still seem to value their test sides. Forget about TV money, who will want to watch India play anyway if they can't even contest a match. There's no shortage of talent but may be too much time is spent clearing the front leg trying to slog out of the park.

  • jayesh on August 19, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Replace the current coaching team with Kapil Dev as head coach Rahul and Kumple to assists. Obviously Dhoni to be handed over cap to a 'brilliant' & 'proactive' teamate (who?)

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