|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
March 15, 2013
Duncan Fletcher has been handed a one-year extension as India coach. He had taken over after India's World Cup win in April 2011, signing a two-year contract. Trevor Penney, who joined as the fielding coach in May 2011, also gets a new one-year deal.
The decision to keep Fletcher in charge was taken at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Mumbai. India's engagements over the next year including a challenging tour of current No. 1 South Africa, a tour of New Zealand, the Champions Trophy in England and the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
"The board has decided to extend his contract," BCCI president N Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting. "But we have to discuss the terms. I can't tell you the deliberations of the board. All I can tell you is what is the decision. We have decided to extend it."
Fletcher's extension had a lot to do with continuity during the team's re-building phase, a board insider said: "He knows all the youngsters, including the fringe players, very well by now, so it was important to keep the same bond going for a developing side. The fact that virtually every youngster respects him a lot also played a part."
It hasn't been a smooth ride with India for Fletcher. When he was appointed India were at the top of the Test rankings, but they quickly slid down the charts after comprehensive defeats on tours of England and Australia. There were home victories against relatively lightweight opposition in West Indies and New Zealand, but the pressure increased in late 2012 after England won their first series in India since 1984-85.
India have fared better in the one-day format, winning five bilateral series under Fletcher and are currently ranked No. 1. However, they recently lost a high-profile ODI series against Pakistan at home.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
The serene team culture cultivated by Misbah and his men shouldn't be allowed to be disrupted by a player with a tainted past
In 2011, MS Dhoni helped end a 28-year wait for India and gifted Sachin Tendulkar something he had craved throughout his career - to be called a World Cup champion
Coloured clothes, black sightscreens, two white balls: the game of cricket looked so different in 1992. But writing about it now seems more fun than watching it then
Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation
Pakistan have notched up some fine wins under Misbah-ul-Haq's leadership, but they haven't yet achieved consistent results outside the UAE
Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia