India in England 2014 August 27, 2014

Dhoni's remarks on Fletcher were facts - BCCI secretary


BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel: "Since Fletcher's contract is till the end of the World Cup, Dhoni has only stated the facts" © AFP

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has said MS Dhoni was only stating "the facts" when he said Duncan Fletcher would coach India at the 2015 World Cup. There would be no need to discuss Dhoni's comments at the BCCI's next working committee meeting, he said, going against what some of his BCCI colleagues had said earlier.

"Since Fletcher's contract is till the end of the World Cup, Dhoni has only stated the facts," Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "The issue of discussing Dhoni's statement in a meeting does not arise."

Patel, however, clarified that the issue of the team's support staff will be discussed in detail once team manager Sunil Dev and team director Ravi Shastri submit their reports at the conclusion of the ongoing series in England.

Dhoni's remarks on the eve of the washed out opening one-dayer in Bristol had created a stir in the BCCI ranks. In the wake of Shastri's appointment and the shuffle of India's support staff following the team's capitulation in the Tests, Dhoni had insisted that Fletcher was still "the boss" and would be India's coach at the World Cup. He had also said the decision to send bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney "on leave" during this series was "tough on them".

"Definitely he will lead us into the World Cup. Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi [Shastri] who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. It's not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed," Dhoni had said, adding about the support staff, "Some things just [happen] this way. It's a bit tough on Trevor and Joey, I know. Especially when fielders drop catches and the fielding coach has to miss the series.

While interim president Shivlal Yadav had backed Dhoni, one of the five vice-presidents, Ravi Savant, had expressed the need to discuss the issue at the board's next working committee since coach's contract comes under the purview of the BCCI and not the team captain.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Llewellyn on August 29, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Lol, does it really matter what any of these guys say anymore? Best to wait and see how much damage the BCCI and Dhoni will do to Indian cricket before they grow tired of such activities and move on to other ventures.

  • Cameron on August 28, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Since when has Shastri been a coach? He's not even a good commentator he knows so little about the game.

  • Dummy on August 28, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I cant understand why the media is always back if india loses the series why dont they think of the facts and also against the coaches.if india wins one game the player is zero to he aro if they loses the series again the hero becomes zero.why the system is not getting upgraded.always same is being repeated again and again

  • Farhan on August 28, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    I am not sure why people going after the coach here. India has always been an ordinary team out of sub-continent. The present team does not have bowler who can perform consistently. Batsmen are only good at flat pitches in India other than Kohli and Pujara but unfortunately both of them were out of form this series. There is not much Fletcher could have done. To be honest problem is not with the coach or captain. Indian fan rate their team too high and their expectation is unrealistic. They should understand and accept that India do not have a team that is good enough to win test series out of sub-continent. They should be happy that India managed to win and draw one test this series because last time they couldnt even do that

  • Vivian on August 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    It would be great to have someone else on top of Ravi Shastri to look after India's cricket in general.

  • AJay on August 28, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Mr Bhuyan, can you please explain why Duncan Fletcher has done a good job? How have you assessed him? What quantitative measures are you using?

    In seems clear in Tests, a talented team has not played to its potential once again, nor has it shown the will to do so. Under such circumstances, in the Sports arena, the Management and Leadership must take responsibility. Mr Bhuyan who should if you think Mr Duncan Fletcher is good?

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Too many cooks spoil the broth.Let there be a batting and a bowling consultant,each accountable for the respective department and one fitness trainer. The fielding and wicketkeeping consultants can work with the players whenever they are playing at home.

  • James on August 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    The World Cup is one-day stuff and I hope the followers of it enjoy it.

  • Android on August 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    India is a unique place, where a player got selected in test squad on the basis of the Ipl performance. now after they lost the Test series. They change the coaching staff for the O.D.l. series.which India will definitely win. then the media and other experts will say that this coaching staff is better than the previous one. I don't know when they realise that In O.D.l. Indian team even doesn't require a the invincible Australian did not need Buchanan because even a toddler was coach of that team then the results would be same. my point here is we need coach for test matches not the O.D.l.s the new coaching staff should be judge on test cricket's performance not on O.D.l. because Indian O.D.l. team is much more stronger than rest of the teams esp. England don't compare Indian test squad with Indian O.D.I. squad

  • Nayan on August 28, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    There no need of changing coach for Indian team. Fletcher has done quite a good job. The players should try hard and listen his ideas and try improve the game. Dhoni rightly said "Fletcher is our Coach in the 2015 ICC World Cup."

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