India news March 15, 2013

Fletcher gets one-year extension as India coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Our team india do not need any coach.We have to give coaches to other poor cricket nations like south africa,aus and eng. Beacuse they do not have god,offside god,wall and turbenator..Why we are fighting for coach ganguly is there,sresanth is there..

  • David on March 17, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Fletcher was ousted by England after one bad series following years of success; things obviously work differently in India. I was strongly against Fletcher being appointed back in 2011 - he was simply the wrong man at the wrong time. Ironically, after India's relative fall from grace, he's much more suitable for the role now - he excels with struggling teams. Even after his poor record, his extension is not nearly as crazy as it first looks. He helped rebuild English cricket in the early 2000s after decades of underachievement; with his attention to detail, man-management skills and huge technical knowledge, he might just be the man to start building a new generation of Indian cricketers.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Gary Kirsten got Less money as reward ,when india won the world cup.(less than every player in the side).That means there is no importance for a coach.I think indian players do not need a coach.I dont know why the indian fans are fighting for a coach .When india wins all the credit goes to players and when they fail ,all the fans blaming coach.

  • Tom on March 17, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    They've reappointed him. Will they actually let him coach or will he have to play second fiddle to the senior players and the non-cricketing members of the BCCI board?

  • G on March 16, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    smart guy. laughing all the way to the bank, while the general public is confused as it usually the end of this series he will probably be the only guy to have beaten the aussies with 2 different teams.

  • Vivian on March 16, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    We are a nation of more than a billion people. We do not have a 'the' language, 'the' culture, 'the' mentality, 'the' attitude, or 'the' joke. We do not have an all-inclusive makeup. That's why the clamor for an Indian coach, simply because he will understand the 'unified' makeup, baffles me. Good players don't always make good coaches and good coaches aren't always good in different parts of the world.

    Duncan has put in a lot of work with youngsters over the past couple of years and we are just beginning to see the results of all the hard work. The BCCI sometimes does make good decisions. This is one of those. We should accept it without trying to politicize it.

  • barney on March 16, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I dont think this was a right decisioon by BCCI , looking at his previous records which are not at all impressive , the thrashing we got at matches palyed in abroad ,number of test defeats , aisa cup defeat , triangular defeat in australia , if these records were of any Indian coaches he would have been immediately thrown out f his position as a coach , and i dont understand on what basi is he appointed as a coach again? did dhoni wanted him as a coach , i guess that may be the reason..looking by duncan fletcher's nature he might not be too involved in any of the decisions taken in the dressing room or on selection of players , he just may be the coach for namesake..dhoni would have requested srinivasan for that , that's only the possible reason i think soo..i am not being judgemental , thats been the fact , board have always listened to dhoni on every matter..!!

  • ajith on March 16, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Probably a good decision, but not sure BCCI did it for continuity. If the SA tour and the others go well,Duncan can have a huge influence on the making of the team. Else it will all go pear shaped, notwithstanding this current Aussie series.On the flip side, BCCI probably thought better not to push in a new face with the SA tour coming up and failures there would destroy any chance the new coach would have to improve the team. Win Win scenario for BCCI really. The team flops in SA, Duncan can be shown the door easily and a new guy can come in to ''make'' a new team. Else, they can bask in the results of the good tour. Politics, pure and simple.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    i have no personal issuses against duncan fletcher, but at the top most level their must be a person hu understands the mentality and psyche of the players,at dat stage you just need a mentor,coaching is exactly not the need of the hour to ppl belonging to dat stage of their game!!duncan fletcher surely is a great man no doubt on his credentials,but i suppose this job must be handed to some indian some great indian retired player!! names are many sourav ganguly,ravi shastri,anil kumble who have been know to read the game well!! after all experience is what matters at this level!!

  • am on March 16, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Not sure if this is a good decision or bad decision but certainly a surprising one considering the last two years. It is bad to speculate that Dhoni has a say in this decision. It is the selectors and rest of management who decides about the coach. All those defeats happened because our top order didnt want to bat properly and our bowlers forgot that line and line is very important. Blaming Dhoni for those defeats is ridiculous. Its a team game whether you win or lose. Whole team has to take credit or blame. And as a coach from our indian players. Kumble, Rahul, might fit the role. there is no gaurantee but definitely NOT saurav ganguly. For all his negative vibes, irritations and most importantly his jealous and continuous rants on MS Dhoni who in defeats and Success has been the same and respectable man unlike ganguly who is full of controversies and negative. Dhoni is definitely going to stay as captain for a while so you need a good coach who can work with him like Gary Kirsten