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Dravid wants more powers for Fletcher

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November 12, 2012

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Rahul Dravid and Duncan Fletcher at a training session, Mumbai, November 21, 2011
Rahul Dravid: "The scope or power that Fletcher has to make decisions or to make selections has been a little limited" © AFP

Rahul Dravid has called for giving more powers to India coach Duncan Fletcher, and for the role of the national coach to be made more hands-on and accountable. Fletcher, he says, has a lot to offer Indian cricket and needs to be more involved in team selection.

"Duncan has a lot of strengths as a coach," Dravid said on Time Out, ESPNcricinfo's fortnightly audio podcast, which will be featured on Wednesday, November 14. "He connects well with a lot of the players and works quite well with them. But, in some ways, the scope or power that he has to make decisions or to make selections has been a little limited."

Dravid pointed out that India's earlier overseas coaches had played a more active role in team composition, a practice that changed in the Gary Kirsten era. "I remember John Wright or Greg Chappell consistently attending selection committee meetings, watching domestic matches. I think over the last three-four years we've seen that coaches have taken a slightly more detached, or slightly more backward, role to our selections. I don't think Gary watched a lot of domestic cricket. Duncan has not really done that as well."

After the retirement of VVS Laxman and Dravid, India are looking to fill two spots in the middle order and Dravid said Fletcher's knowledge would be of great help in finding the answer. "He's seen a lot of players… who's a better middle-order player among Manoj Tiwary, an Ajinkya Rahane or a Shikhar Dhawan or Murali Vijay? At least, to have an opinion, an informed opinion by actually coming and watching some games…The fact that he didn't come and didn't attend the selection committee meeting tells you that maybe that's not in his scope of work, he doesn't have those powers."

Dravid said that giving Fletcher an active role in selection meetings would be important. "You want to give people powers and you want to hold them accountable, especially when you have senior, knowledgeable people like Duncan." Conceding that he was not aware of Fletcher's own opinion on the subject, Dravid said, "I think his reputation is on the line as well. I think, knowing someone like him, he would want to get more involved and have a say in where his own career and his own reputation is headed."

A coach like Fletcher, he believed, could easily bridge the gap between being a player's trusted confidante as well as his selector. "Some of these people [coaches] do have the maturity to be able to understand that when players come to them with a problem, they don't necessarily use that as a way to drop someone. But also the coach sees players from such close quarters, he understands players. So I think he [Fletcher] must have a say [in selection]."

Dravid said Fletcher had put greater emphasis on fitness after India's losses overseas and hoped that would reflect in the forthcoming season. "Definitely after the loss, he has put a lot of emphasis on the fitness and certain disciplines of the players and knowing and talking to maybe some of them. Over the last few months, there has been a little bit more focus on fitness and disciplines and the basics in skill levels of some players. Hopefully we'll see some of that in these Test series."

Fletcher got the India job on the recommendation of his predecessor Kirsten and Dravid said both men had strengths but were not similar coaches. "Gary was a terrific coach, a really good man-manager, very hardworking person who led with example in a lot of ways in the way he worked. Duncan, obviously because of an age difference, maybe doesn't have that personal connect with some of the players. Or the level of conversations that he can have with some of the guys are maybe a little different to what Gary could have had because he played with some of them.

"But, I think, Duncan has a lot to offer in terms of a coach, in terms of the tactics, his knowledge of the game, he works well in that area, he works quite closely with a lot of players... I think the relationship is good within the team."

Fletcher, he said, would eventually be judged by his results. "The results haven't been great in the last one year. That's why these questions are being raised."

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Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Any foreign coaches for that matter have limited say in selection matters. Greg Chappel was more vocal and was shown the door. So it is obvious, Fletcher does not want to antagonize the seniors in the camp.

Posted by northumbriannomad on (November 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Nice reading between the lines... Dravid thinks Fletcher is just sitting back enjoying a "nice little earner" and has given up worrying about his reputation. He might well be right. When he was England coach, Fletcher was very deeply involved with selection. For example, he plucked James Anderson (not the Facebook James Anderson who commented here) and Marcus Trescothick out of relative obscurity to be part of the national squad. No sign of him being given - or demanding - that kind of freedom in India. Can't blame him, I suppose. A man deserves his retirement.

Posted by Narbavi on (November 14, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@Nampally: So what do u expect him to do now?? Start a revolution?? come on!!

Posted by Rangarajan_Rajamani_Chennai on (November 14, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

1) I Think Rahul D is a bit sarcastic about "talented" "knowledgeable" Duncan. His track record as a coach reflects far from that. What has he done with is knowledge with England is something which we are still debating upon.

2) With due respects to everyone, I think Greg Chappel was not all that bad. He was the one who kept harping on "Fast bowlers" (and whatever India won abroad were because of Fast bowlers and NOT because of the famed batting lineup). If at all, batsment prevented losses but our pacers won matches. Gary just put into practice what Chappel suggested and we got decent results. Greg to me, was the one who emphasized a lot on discipline which our super stars lacked. And that lack of discipline is definitely hurting India more. Greg was the one who emphasized on youth. He interacted directly with media and that was the whole problem. But to me, beyond 2007 WC, which I feel our guys lost on purpose just to see Chappel's exit, Chappel did produce decent results.

Posted by JoieDeVivre on (November 14, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

What is equally worrying is are the selectors aware how long will Sachin play or for that matter what is Zaheer's long term plan? Is there is a plan in place? Has this been spoken with the coach or for that matter with the captain? The concern that most Indian fans will share is while our away record is only getting worst, looking at the this Indian team our home record is under serious threat. May be not against England but when the Aussies visit India in 2013 and looking at their hunger, I would be happy if we can draw the series as wiining is almost out of the window now. Don't think MS Dhoni is too keen on Test Cricket anyway and quite frankly nothing wrong with that. What India needs is fresh blood - if the openers fail in this series - right time to look beyond the 2. But will this happen, absolutely not. I'm pretty certain the selectors will never ever do it. As an Indian fan this is increasingly frustrating. We can only hope for a miracle.

Posted by Nampally on (November 14, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I am sorry Rahul Dravid, if you can do something positive for improvement of the Indian team, DO IT. There is no point in being another arm chair critic. You are familiar with the politics of the game amongst the players, BCCI & the Selectors. So let us see some ACTION instead of more comments. There are hundreds of Fans so frustrated with the performance of this Indian team. Why do we need Dravid joining us Fans, who cannot be involved in any Action. Fans see MSD's performance sloppy enough to be replaced while Dravid backs him!. Kirsten was magnificient with the same powers as Fletcher & won the ODI & brought India to #1 Test team in the world. How can the same team sink so low? It is clearly a combo of poor coaching & Captaincy + irrational team selection. If opening batsmen are not performing replace them. There are at least 4 guys waiting! If the bowlers are not up to mark, coach them. The same applies to Captain & the coach. Get BCCI, Coach, Captain & Selectors jointly to act!.

Posted by JoieDeVivre on (November 14, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

One of the primary reason why Indian cricket will be a good team but never a great team is because of the way the game is run by BCCI. There is no doubting BCCI's ability to run the game well commercially but when it comes to pure Cricket the Board, one gets the impression intentionally wants to run the game in this fashion. Regardless of what people say there is a lot to learn from Australia, England, SAF and NZ for that matter. What is hard to understand is how can MS Dhoni escape 8-0? As much I like him as a captain and apparent lack of bowling depth, very hard to believe he is still the captain. The issue which has bogged Indian Cricket for long is lack of Accountability. Why can't we have Captain and Coach making strong contribution in selection matter? Why can't the selectors convey to a particular player on what they feel? Why can't someone like Sehwag, Raina and for that matter even Gambhir be told they can't get away with such poor scores? As an Indian fan we can only hope.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 14, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

Let Duncan Fletcher have a say in selection of Indian squad. He will have the guts to drop non-performers like Sachin and Sehwag, and give a chance to deserving youngsters like Dhawan, Mukund, Rahane, etc.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

I thought Indian fans were truly worried about the performance of minnows such as SL. Whats all this? You may be a soon becoming a minnow too.Please get your house in order before talking about your neighbours.

Posted by tazza14 on (November 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

In my opinion, Duncan Fletcher is a decent coach, but however needs to be 'more hands in" then he currently is....By this I mean, that he should be interacting more with the players, rather than taking a back seat...I personally, was a fan of Gary Kirsten's coaching ways, as he took India to No.1 in tests, and The World Cup was won under him...Under Fletcher, we have not had limited success specially overseas, losing 7 straight matches...

Good to luck to India against England tomorrow, hopefully we can see a better performance!

Posted by SLslider_original on (November 13, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

This won't prevent choking of the Indian team by the

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

even coaches should be made accontable. unless the coches attends domestic tournaments as well as the selection committee meeting to have first hand kmowledge of the players to be chosen. ge is part of the selection committe and is paid only for that. fletcher should realise this and perform accordingly.

Posted by Aussasinator on (November 13, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

If Fletcher can coach the Indian cricket team then why not send PK Banerjee to coach the Brazilian soccer team?

Posted by JustIPL on (November 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

@TJAPUKAI and due to Chappell as well as he diciplined the team and gave tips to get hold of aussies both on and off the field.

Posted by vinodzz on (November 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Kapil Dev shud be givn a shot

Posted by anuradea on (November 13, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

You have a ready made one spot filled with Rohit if given the chance properly. Can you remember Marvan Atapattu when he was first given the chance? He got 4 ducks in a row, but the the selectors at that time saw the potentioal and gave him more chances and look where he ended up. When a youngster first come to the scene they need to be managed extremely well and they should not worry about holding the place and they need to be told to play their natural game and they have been selected because they are good. The moment they feel they are part of the team, the performances will automatically come. Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane would be great choices with Raina at #6 for the future. I agree with @Humdingers, Fletcher as all other Engand coaches have done well due to the schedules having a lot of home games.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

I don't think Fletcher is doing any special tactical movement in team selection.And he is just a rubber stamp prepared by BCCI.As they prefer only foreign coaches.So many good cricket coach are available in India but last few years we see only foreigners as coach.So they want to keep their job alive.And don't think about their actual role.

Posted by BinduKumar on (November 13, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Giving more power to coaches - it's something Indian sport has never done over the years. It's a paradigm shift which may or may not happen owing to BCCI's control over the game. I am saying this because BCCI is filled with 'finance gurus' with few exception who actually were cricketers themselves. All these radical changes might happen if someone who has played active cricket and who earns respect from everyone by virtue of his demeanor takes control of the management of the BCCI. It's not a rocket science to figure out who I am talking about. Bring on Anil Kumble to the board and you will see changes!

Posted by ICCODIWorldChampions2011 on (November 13, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Dont make Tendulkar or Dhoni responsible for anything which goes wrong. Just to make it simple India had a bad One and half Year only because of the Poor performance by our Openers. Also Dravid made a good point and hes infact pointing towards both the Management and the Coach to do their duties and be responsible and Accountable. Only Bad thing is Many Indian players Rely on the Past Glory. If Duncan Fletcher is given a Chance he will say first to take out atleast one of the Openers and secondly ask Sachin to consider playing only ODI or Test Cricket so that he can continuously play one format without Injuries or taking break without Spending time with family along with IPL, Champions Trophy T20. Also Dhoni has won all the existing Trophy's including World No1 in both tests and ODI. Nothing to Achieve as a Captain .He should be relieved his Captaincy from Test Cricket. Remember One thing Tendulkar was the PAST, Dhoni is the Present and Kohli would be the Future of Indian Cricket.

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (November 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Statement from Dravid clearly shows that Duncan has been too much passive.The reason why India excelled in the last decade is because of the good coach like Wright and Kirsten.We don't want to go to the 90's again where were doing good at home and were like

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 13, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

I don't think most of players even listen to what Duncan has to say. We all know the Indian attitude of 'chalta hai' ' its OK man' and 'yeh mere ko kya bolega, usko itna maalum rehta tho uske time mein acha player kyon nahi tha ' what is he gonna teach me, if he knew so much he would have been a good player during his time!'.

I can even imagine Duncan asking Sehwag not to play his strokes in the first 5 overs and asking Gambhir not to poke outside off in swinging conditions but they just chuckle at him.

Fitness of this Indian team bothers me so much. It's embarrassing to see our 'star' athletes who get paid millions be so out of shape. I can out run, outswim them any day! Especially Sehwag,Zak,Ashwin.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

India should have one of their own as the Coach. Kapil Dev fits the bill. He would understand and communicate with the players better, he will be inspirational as well. I do not fathom how an Indian Cricketer benefits from Duncan Fletcher's coaching? Is it Technical, is it motivational, is it strategic? What is that propels BCCI to prefer a foreign Coach over the local greats? Kapil Dev as National Coach and Wasim Akram as Bowling Coach will bring India to a different level of competition.

Posted by Humdingers on (November 13, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Not quite sure why people are praising Fletcher as a "master coach / tactician" etc. What's he actually done? Yes he got some wins with England but he also got whitewashed (both with England and India x 2). Tom Moody or even Stephen Flemming would have been much better choices.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 13, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

I've said it before and I will say it again - like it or not, India's successes oversea's and the resulting rise to no.1 was MORE BECAUSE OF KIRSTEN THAN DHONI!! India managed to succeed oversea's even with a limited bowling attack and reached the pinnacle by winning the ODI WC - then how come the same team's performance dipped so dramatically in such a short period - whitewashed in two consecutive series oversea's (as Imran Khan said, it is not easy to do!)? WHAT CHANGED?? KIRSTEN DEPARTED - that's what changed. John Wright had done the initial good work that Kirsten built on. Dhoni is still best choice of captain, motivator, team-leader etc BUT he lacks the nuances and expertise to plot oversea's series wins. LOOK AT THE FACTS - IT IS OBVIOUS!!! To succeed oversea's India need a motivated EXPERT FROM OVERSEA'S.....but not people like Greg Chappell and Duncun Fletcher who have a history of failure!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

@ Soora Puli on (November 13 2012, 06:10 AM GMT) - VERY BAD IDEA...totally disagree! Gavaskar aside, I doubt that India possesses a coach who fully understands the necessities of succeeding in TEST CRICKET OVERSEA'S!! Some individuals in India would like to believe that they can do it BUT THEY CAN'T (they may be good but not THE BEST man for the job - don't we want the best man for the job). Want to succeed oversea's than get the experts from there - however, they need to pick the right man for the job - someone hungry to succeed and NOT just in it for the money, like Greg Chapell & Duncun Fletcher. India's success oversea's can be directly attributed to John Wright & Gary Kirsten. India started playing the game way after Australia or England so what gives India the right/ confidence to believe that they know better - INDIA DOES NOT KNOW BETTER!! Employ oversea's coaches and learn everything before looking locally. INDAIN COACH = VERY BAD least, for the next 25 years or so!!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Absolutely agree with sentiments of RufusTFirefly on (November 13 2012, 09:46 AM GMT) - You are almost spot on. I have had the thought of WAQAR as India's 'pace bowling' coach for some time - glad to know that there is someone else who can see the same (unfortunate we are not the BCCI). Not only was Waqar a brilliant bowler but he understands the intricacies of the art better then anyone in India - I mean this with all due respect to Kapil Dev who I feel was more of a natural rather than being technically sound. Waqar can also bind a fast bowling team together better than any former Indian fast bowler as they were more 'lone hunters' as opposed to bowling as a team!

As for the chopping block - Sehwag should be at the front of the queue, ahead of Tendulkar - age should not be a consideration. Although the Indian team has been batting poorly in recent times, Tendulkar has been the second best (considering last few series) bat after Kohli.

Posted by Longmemory on (November 13, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

I suspect the India coaching gig is Duncan Fletcher's retirement plan. He is making colossal bucks, more than he's made in any previous job he's had. He is not going to rock the boat in any way - just collect the cash and depart when his contract is done. In any case, its obvious the Board does not want him involved in selection, the team captain and seniors don't want him picking the playing XI, and many seniors don't want him telling them how to play or when to play etc. Its a win-win situation for DF. If India loses, as they inevitably will any where they tour with this team, it won't be his fault because he has no power anyway. And if they win, as they might when playing at home, he'll bask in the reflected glory of a cheap win. After the Greg Chappell fiasco, its obvious that the team does not want a strong personality as a coach. And the perfect medium that Kirsten established will turn out to have been a one-off and lucky break for us.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

As much as I am a fan of the Wall and I have nothing but respect for this great cricketer but my question is why is he raisinghis voice now and not while he was playing for India. Dont get me wrong I agree with everything he is saying but why did he not raise his voice earlier. Yes, BCCI & selectors have way too much power which is fine but then when team India loses don;t question the captain or the coach coz they were not given complete freedom to operate.

Posted by on (November 13, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

we cannot keep blaming dhoni and duncan ,the simple fact is for ANY TEAM TO WIN it needs QUALITY FAST BOWLERS , until we develop that we wont be winning abroad , batting will be alright as there is enough talent in India and they will perform once given a proper run in the test side ,remember India did well abroad when Zaheer was at his peak and when other guys like sreeshant and ishant stepped up (at least for a short while in SA and Australia respectively)

Posted by umar85 on (November 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

No sooner Fletcher joined team INDIA the debacle started. Why BCCI is not going for the Indian Coaches, does we dont have good coaches.

Please BCCI just throw Fletcher, he doesnt suit for the expectations....

Posted by Vkarthik on (November 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

No. All he needs is a boot. This guy consistently picked Giles over Panesar against so much criticisms. India should have never hired this washed up coach.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

All the signs are that D Fletcher & MSD struggle to communicate on any meaningful level & that DF has found it difficult to adapt to the Indian team ethos, if indeed, he ever saw that as something that he needed to do. He was successful with the England team because Michael Vaughan & he had an understanding & MV accepted DF's tough, disciplined regime & bought into it because he saw it as his job to fit in with DF, who'd plucked him out of county cricket in the first place. In other words, MV was DF's pick (ref: Time to Declare: MV's autobiog) & they were bonded from the outset. In contrast, MSD was the Indian captain: successful, feted & charismatic when DF was hired by the BCCI - johnny-come-lately - and a man not given to compromise; not given to the the Kirsten approach of persuasion & flexibility: meeting half way. DF doesn't take prisoners; it's done his way or he has no time for you. He sees his role almost in football terms: do it my way & if it goes wrong, then I take the rap.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

BCCI is a joke. Maybe dhoni should be given an added assignment as coach. You guys have your heiarchy all mixed up. How can the captain have more power than the coach? what a joke...Lol

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Look at it here, the Indian team has the master tactician as a coach - yet he's not allowed to make any tactical decisions during play, they are all made by Dhoni. He's not allowed to select the team either, so his role is just that of a net coach. It's like employing the worlds best salesman to make the tea at your company.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

duncan fletcher wud probably be too afraid to suggest that players like tendulkar, sehwag and gambhir should be kicked out...even though if u keep playing tendulkar he should eventually score but it is harsh on the younger players and teh indian selectors and captain should be able to decide on who to play from the wide array of talent available in india...Dhoni is probably just an onlooker with teh good batting that has been available to india but if u keep him on he will turn india into a totally boring country cricket wise...his tendency is to bring back teh old guys like irfan and harbhajan...and some say india really does not need the sympathy trick by bringing in yuvraj although they might need gim the way the team is performing... bring in teh bright and the best

Posted by RufusTFirefly on (November 13, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Time to clean house. Give the coach more power - whoever the coach may be. I would like to see Ganguly as a selector or coach. He has a great eye for talent (spotted Clarke a mile off, said he should be in the Oz test side before he was on the radar) and an indomitable spirit.

I am sorry, but Tendulkar must go. Bring Rahane in, give Sehwag a trial at number 6. Pujara at three.

Get Waqar Younis as a fast bowling coach. Have someone fix Ishant so he isn't falling away when he pitches it up - which is why he bowls short too often. Srinath used to have the same problem, fixed it and became a great bowler. Ishant bowls short because he loses pace when he bowls full - it's a technical flaw that can be fixed. With the right coaching Ishant & Yadav could dominate. Yadav is a big natural talent who is still raw.

Rahane, Pujara, and of course Kohli - these three should be the giants of the next decade.

Posted by sharidas on (November 13, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

I only hope we get to see a lot of new faces in the team and it will certainly be good if Fletcher can have his say too.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Well said Dravid, its time some one mentioned this. Duncan seems very passive and is either not willing to or is not allowed to participate. Dhoni wants to rule and its very easy for him to brush Duncan aside. Its time we give Duncan a fair chance.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 13, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

"Process" oriented coaching is ok but it is not going to win you games in india. Fit indian is not same as natuarally skilled player like sehwag. Sometime people think too much process and mess up everything. For me duncan fletcher making easy money not producing results. I would shut up if indian can beat england 4-0 in India. I say Duncan fletcher is the man. But that is not going to happen. Simple reason is he is messing up batsman because he can't fix the bowling issue of india. It kinda pathetic. Dhoni is always barking wrong tree. India needs to find a hungry young bowlers. We need to see enthusiasm in bowlers trying to take wickets. Instead the indian bowlers huffing and puffing in their 3rd over and spraying all over. Bowlers life is tough in india. Batsman live luxury life , bowlers has to hit the gym every day to keep their body game fit. I feel india's problem is that we need to find physically strong tall players. Ishant sharma is good but his problem is brain issue.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 13, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

I need to explain why duncan fletcher has to go. For a team to win overseas , team need really fast bowlers who is fit. India's batting carried india this decade. What duncan fletcher gona do ? He put too much pressure on indian batsman who already performing their max. Now when you put pressure they started questioning is this right way to go. India's problem is its fast bowlers who are inconsitent and physically not game fit. Coach can't do with 50% team. Even if you give full power , selectors say we select team , you coach. Back to square one. I think theoritical brillian guy like duncan fletcher is unfit to be indian coach. Ravi sastri eager to find brainy people but it won't work. His pick of greg chappell is resulted same way. I think what india need is a father figure who can cajole these batsman ego and keep performing at their best. Fixing india's bowling issue needs change from state level or BCCI needs to put scouting system that leap frog potential prospects ...

Posted by Narbavi on (November 13, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Dravid obviously knows that the selector has been just a spectator since taking over the reins!! Should step up a bit when it comes to taking some logistic decisions!!

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

It almost always perplexes me, that Indians go for overseas coaches. Don't we have enough wise heads from our own past players?

Posted by S.N.Singh on (November 13, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

dravid fully well know that india was doing better when they did not have a coach. i think Dhoni the Captain should be the ciontroller of the team on the field and should be able to ask for a team he thinks is good for the condition. As wicket-keeper captain, Dhoni is in a better position to see the game as it is. Apart from being captain . i believe a manager of the team should have more control over the team activties of the field with all coach directly under the manager control. that what a manager is for he is supposed to be fully responsible for the team activities on an off the field in cordination will all around him. Manager should be given the duties to manage and answerable to all activities. Coaches should have special responsibilitie to specialities of the game. I do not think a coach should interfere with a batsman because it is a special talent. S.N.SINGH USA

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Fletcher is an awesome coach; he has lost only 11 matches out of 12 with his sides against australia in australia. what other qualification one needs to be given more power? LOL....

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 13, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Mr. Dravid- You can only expect more 4-0 defeat from this average Indian team.

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