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Fletcher gets one-year extension as India coach

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March 15, 2013

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Duncan Fletcher, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar at practice, Mumbai, November 9, 2012
Duncan Fletcher will remain in charge of the India team till April 2014 © AFP
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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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Posted by   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..

Posted by cloudmess 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by nursery_ender 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?

Posted by aahahaa 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 is.by the end of this series he will probably be the only guy to have beaten the aussies with 2 different teams.

Posted by Vivian_Richard 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.

Posted by truestory 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..!!

Posted by screamingeagle 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.

Posted by   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!!

Posted by Zycr9 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

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

India needs a young and interactive coach like Stephen Fleming, who has worked with young Indian players (in CSK) and had lot of success unearthing fresh talents (Vijay, Ashwin etc). Fletcher just doesn't fit into any international team as a coach. He is grumpy all the time and I've hardly seen him talk to any of the players except Dhoni. Don't know why the BCCI handpicked him out of everyone in the world..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 16, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

This was finally a good decision by BCCI. Duncan Fletcher has a reputation for grooming youngsters. Now that most of the non-performing oldies have been forced out, Fletcher can work with the youngsters. Coaching involves a lot of planning and working in the field with the players. They have to do all kinds of mundane jobs, like setting up cones on the fields, throw down balls during fielding practice, take notes during batting practice, measure a bowler's run up during bowling practice. I don't think our greats like Ganguly, Dravid, and Gavaskar are willing to do that. They are better off voicing their opinions from commentator's box.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

I would love to see either Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavaskar as the coach of Indian team. One of them is really deserve to be as a coach not only for their track record but immense knowledge and embracing Indian culture so easily and mixing up with lads well.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

We all blame Fletcher for every failure in last 2 years. The selection committee and Players are responsible for bad results. There were 3 non functional positions (players) in the Indian team for the last 2 years. That is the main reason India did not do well. Unfortunately Fletcher has to bear the brunt for bad performance of Indian Team.

Posted by Sanjeevakki on (March 16, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Coming From Bangalore I'm the biggest critic of Srini Mama(BCCI's Pres) and Indian Cum CSK captain MSD... But this is one of the better and brave decision taken by BCCI and MSD... I wish Sachin retires after this series so that Duncan will have the oppty to work with hungry, talented and fitter youngsters. We have to identify a group of allrounders like R Ashwin,R Jadeja, Bhuvanesh Kumar and Rishi Dhawan( one of the talent look for) . Umesh yadav, Sree Santh and B Kumar must be bowlers in South Africa.... Good Luck to Dhoni and DUncan!!!

Posted by nair_ottappalam on (March 16, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Most unfortunate decision

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

heh..this was expected..u win back to back matches against a weak australian side at home and the bcci thinks fletcher has done a great job..no doubt India played well but the dismal performance of australia also contributed to Indias victory..while we speak of foreign coaches, I cant fathom as to why robin singh and venkatesh prasad were replaced? i think they were doin a fine job..dravid wont coach coz he will be inclined to play IPL for atleast the next 2 years..doubt if an Indian coach can particiapte as a player in the high profile nonsense league..ganguly thanks to the chappel fiasco will never be allowed to coach...ambernath voted himself out by revealing matters discussed in the board meeting...phew!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Again BCCI at its best, Master Stroke, still left us wondering when will changes happen in this team? eight consecutive test losses and still the Captain and the Coach stays!!!! Only BCCI can do this!!!! :-(

Posted by subhsonu92 on (March 16, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

I don't feel like the extension good for the team. Now team require the Indian greats Like Rahul or Sourav as the batting Coach. India should appoint someone like Washim or Mcgrath as their bowling coach. They will have a great advantage and the swing bowlers like Kumar and shami ahmed will get to learn a lot.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

It is really a Bad decision made by BCCI to extent the contract with Duncan Flechter as the the team has lost in all most all the format of the game. Board has to rethink of it before making the decision as the big events are comming . Under his coaching it is all most sure that India won't perform well. Still a lot of defeat is going to face by team India

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (March 16, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

This is no different to retaining Dhoni as captain. It is quite likely that Dhoni had a big part to play in this decison.The point is that Duncan Fletcher is a highly respected coach and his core competence is reportedly, his ability to identify young talent and nurture it and his ability to spot errors in batting techniques and ironing them over.That would make him ideally suited for a role in the N C A.I get the impression that he has not been given the authority he is probably used to. Also he may be having communication problems in his chosen field of work with Indian players who are mostly comfortable with the local languages.I am not surprised that he is higlhy respected by the youngsters, given his august personality and the legend that precedes him. It was the same with Andy Strauss,Kevin Pietersen and Cook.They swear by him actually.So if he has failed as India coach it may be because of lack of authority or limited communication skills. Maybe he could still make a mark.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 16, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

This is problem with indian cricket recent times they r reluctant to change or even gamble anything as they done in aus and eng. they didnt change team at any time in that loosing streak.

Posted by Edassery on (March 16, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

The results from a coach is only as good as that of the players combined based on their skills/talent. John Wright and Gary Kirsten had great test teams at their disposal as part of their Indian stints. At the moment, India at best is an average ODI team or a decent T20 team and NOT at all a test team. In short, Duncan or not, we will continue to be successful in limited overs, but I don't see India as a countable force in test arena for the years to come.

Posted by PointFielder on (March 16, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

When the team wins important test series or the World Cup the coaches take credit by including it in their resume and using such high profile team wins in fetching better contract by showing to employers that they are better coaches than others. Basically they take credit when team does well. so it would be double standards of them to not take responsibility for the bad performances of the team during their tenure. they cannot have it both ways. He may not be 100% responsible for the teams decline in test matches, however he has some proportion of share in it.

Posted by AyeSayer on (March 16, 2013, 0:52 GMT)

I believe in giving more time for him loose his shyness and speak up. He must have been intimidated by our famous senior players to speak out against their failings. Now that we are transitioning out of our dependence on our superstars, he may have better rapport with our younger crop.

Posted by Scallopian on (March 16, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster- I found it hilarious that your reason for why Duncan Fletcher shouldn't be coach is that "he doesn't laugh at the jokes our players crack." Seriously? Is that the new criteria that coaches will be judged against- the willingness to laugh at jokes? I'm not a big Duncan Fletcher fan either, but one's justification for sacking a coach should not rest on what you think of his sense of humor...

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

Fletcher alone can't be blamed for India's slide in recent years. The Indian seniors are WAY past their prime and that was the main reason for India's thrashings in England and Australia. It is upto Fletcher to groom the youngsters well. And btw it was Gary Kirsten who suggested Fletcher in the first place and Fletcher did wonders with England so I don't think it was a flawed decision to appoint him. The SA tour will give a truer picture of how good or bad he is. But I am still not happy with BCCI's decision because if the contract is not renewed after 2014 then it will mean India will get a new coach who has very less time to prepare India for the World Cup. It shows clear lack of long-term planning (which is what India needs) by the BCCI

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 15, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

@CptM: For once, I think I can agree with you! Being a foreigner can have its advantages, however (Kirsten, Flower, Watmore) as they should be outside the factionism & cliques that can so often bedevil a national side. DF is recognised as a clever & deep thinker of the game (read The Plan by Steve James to appreciate the substance underlying this opinion), but not knowing the language & not having a public persona (something that DF cultivates - he hates cameras & interviews!) doesn't help. SOH DF doesn't do either! I would like to see a Kumble or a Dravid taking control of the Indian side - both passionate about Test cricket, of course, as you'd expect from the highly intelligent men of discernment that thay are! Are they, however, acceptable to the BCCI? Being your own man is not something that they appreciate. Whoever succeeds DF will, I am afraid, be subject to the board's own non-cricket agendas so don't expect anyone who will shake the earth. India deserves the best, of course.

Posted by sree_rn on (March 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

First of all do Indian cricketers need a coach at all? Do you reckon they heed to the advice of the coach with all the hype, ego and stardom? The coach who keeps mum and keeps a low profile will be a successful coach for India.

Posted by SDHM on (March 15, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Despite the results India have had and what I can probably guess will be an outraged reaction by many fans, this is not a bad move by the BCCI. What they got wrong was appointing Fletcher in the first place - his strength does not lie in taking a group of overweight, lazy superstars & attempting to coach them; he was never going to go down well with the likes of Sehwag. What he is good at though, is building a side and moulding young talent, exactly the phase India are in now. Look at what he achieved in England given time & support: let's not forget he was in charge when we lost to NZ in 1999, and from there he built a side that toppled the Australians in 2005. He'll do fine if allowed to coach his way, & Dhoni must like him otherwise do you really think he'd have been offered a new deal?

Posted by maddy20 on (March 15, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@bobmartin "You can't blame the lack of talent on him" Funny you say that when your so called "talented" side is getting soundly thrashed. In case you did not notice, most of the guys in the side have not played more than 15 tests (Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha, Kohli, Pujara, Vijay etc.,) A few losses will happen before we start winning again. We have to thank the inept Aussies for touring here and giving our players a morale boost after the England debacle!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

bad decision nothing else the performance of the indian team in this period speaks for itself

Posted by Bogelking on (March 15, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

I am not that much surprised of some of the comments made against Duncan Fletcher since he took the reins from Gary Kirsten post world cup. It is true to the fact that we have not performed well under his coaching, and had some disastorous overseas tour. But it is highly recommendable that you give some more time to Fletcher. One have to note that he is handling a team under transition and that returning victorious in each and every outing is not a reality, despite how much we try to inject the high professionalism that the aussies had during the days under Waugh's and Ponting's captiancy. Of course everybody have their views to express, but still allowing some time to prove his worth will be highly appreciable. Mark my words carefully,"It's only my opinion."

Posted by bobmartin on (March 15, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

You can't blame the lack of talent in India on Fletcher nor can you blame the players that are selected for the national teams on him. ... He can only work with what he is given and as the old saying goes, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 15, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

He is simply a disaster for Team India.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 15, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

If performance is the only criteria then it should be MS Dhoni and Sachin tendulakar who should be shown the way out before Duncan Fletcher. It was not a fault of duncan fletcher that rahul dravid lost his off stump five times in a row in Australia nor he had a part to play when sachin got terrified by left arm spin of panesar. IT is old habit of indians to put the blame on someone else's head.

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 15, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

It's a bad idea to continue with Duncan Fletcher till Apr 2014 becoz the following year will be WC 2015 and the new coach will have less than a year time to prepare the team to defend their title. Poor decision by BCCI !

I would a younger coach for the team likes of S Fleming or S Ganguly ......

Posted by vigneshvinu on (March 15, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

I think fletcher will continue until 2015 WC because if you appoint a new coach after may 2014 he wont have enough time to work with these team.These is ideal period to appoint a new coach because India will play overseas for next 2 years,by starting SA,NZ,Champions trophy and T20 WC,again ENG & SL tour etc to april 2015 WC. If Fletcher till there then as an indian fan you should forget winning.

Posted by Munafis810 on (March 15, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Achievement of Duncan since India won 2011 Worldcup : 1) 4-0 loss to England in England 2) 4-0 loss in Australia 3) Failed to reach next stage of T20 -2012 World cup 4) Loss to England 2-1 at home 5) Asia cup failure 6) Lost to Pakistan in ODI series.

Whats one year extension going to achieve

1) Loss to South africa 4-0 when we tour SA. 2) Loss to NZ 3) Champions trophy failure

In 2007 - 2008 we had no coach but did well in England as well as Australia.

If the salary given to Fletcher is divided as sum assured for upcoming 5 fast bowlers, we might actually get a couple of good fast bowlers who will

Posted by anilkp on (March 15, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

OK, Yoohoo, then Wright should not be credited for the peak he saw India climb, for it was because of his predicessors. Greg should not be blamed, because it was Wright to blame. Instead, when Gary saw India scale new heights, it was only because of Greg. Next, this mediocrity during Fletcher's era is because of Gary. So, we need to wait 4 years, after Fletcher is gone, to know how great/bad he was? Awesome logic, Man! Never had such smart thinking in my head before. Thank you for the enlightenment.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Well done to BCCI. Fletcher has to be given a fair chance like Gary Kirsten got who coached for most matches in India with highly experienced side in it's prime. This is the difficult time and no doubt Gary would have struggled as well. Plus there is no need to drop a coach simply because certain Mr Chopra and his mad followers wants every good performer, young cricketer, and coach to be thrown out of the system.

Posted by AK47_pk on (March 15, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Congrats all indian fans :) dnt worry every single fan of other teams is celebrating his extension with you guys.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

continuity of what? Slump?

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

I have a feeling even the board has no say on the contract extension. MSD wanted no mess and fuss with a coach, which DF offers. MSD has a good relationship with Srinivasan, and this could be the whole reason behind DF's contract extension, continuity has nothing to do with it IMO.

Posted by vigneshvinu on (March 15, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

I come from the place where mr.srinivasan the bcci head is from.During his period only lot of politics have entered into indian cricket.Last time when they appointed Gary kirsten they consulted ravi shastri and sunny suggestions.But after 2011 WC completed srinivasan himself had appointed fletcher.where you can build a team under fletcher he his fit for nothing,his stats clearly shows his performance.under his presence every body lost form except dhoni and kohli.

Posted by SevereCritic on (March 15, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

India is going to get hammered both in SA and NZ. Their pace attack is negligible and the young crop of batsmen have still not been bled into quality pace that both SA and NZ will provide. Add to that the long gap between the Aus series and the SA series and the destructive IPL in between, players will be grossly out of test Match practice.

Posted by anilkp on (March 15, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Do you know the single term for the phrase "something that defies logic"? It is "BCCI". After one 0-4, change of personnel waranteed. Nothing happened. After the second 0-4, the captain/coach and many others were expected to change. Nothing happened. After long months of inept performances and after surrendering the Tests to the Poms so meakly, nothing changed. Well, the 2-0 up against the Aussies have changed things certainly--not that the coach continues! Has anyone ever heard, seen, observed Duncan do anything during his tenure? Except for enduring endless failures? Is that endurance the quality of a successful coach? Mark my words: for maintaining continuity, he will walk until after WC 2015. God cannot save Indian cricket as the BCCI over-rules even God's wishes.

Posted by yoohoo on (March 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

People blaming Fletcher for India's performance, please remember he joined at the start of the Eng Series. So, the 8-0 loss can be put down to gary kirsten's coaching or to our senior cricketers batting but not to fletcher, since he was too new to make any impact.

He can be blamed for the Eng series loss at home (2-1), but fact is by that time we were a team in transition and our team was still trying to settle down. You can only measure his success based on the next 2 years, and from the looks of it we are slowly getting better.

Posted by dailtire on (March 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

nooooooo, i was waiting for his contract to expire. now i can see the result of champions trophy:(

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

One more year of mediocrity! Sad..

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

This would have been an ideal time to appoint a new coach . We don't have any test matches for the next 6-7 months . So a new coach would have had a good amount of time to settle down with T20 and ODI matches and understand the players .I guess the team's performance vs aussies has saved his neck .

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

R.I.P. Indian Cricket. I didn't know our beloved BCCI have so short memory.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

This is beyond comical. I don't know of any coach who has worse record. 0-4 loss in England, 0-4 loss in Australia. Fall from #1 test ranking to #5. Indian fielding is extremely poor and most of the fast bowlers are injured. Sehwag, Gambhir went out of form. Dravid, Laxman went out of form and out of cricket. I am not saying all of this is because of the coach. However, if the coach's job is to improve performance, it has clearly not worked. The failure is all-around.

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (March 15, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

It's completely dhonai stratagy.their is no change in captancy up to one year in all formats. I think their is no need of selection committe because the dhoni can be play role like "one man in selection committe". Just i am show sympathi about selection committe because they are robos under dhoni and srinivasan.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Gary Kirsten got lucky when he took the India job. He inherited a team at its peak. Even if that peak wasn't very high, there weren't any clear successors to the Australians so India inherited the number one spot by default. GK saw the writing on the wall and jumped ship just in time. His judgement and luck continued and he joined the SA gravy train as it was steaming to the top. It is difficult to see that he ever had a hand in building a test team. DF, on the other hand did a great job in turning England around, and many of his innovations have been copied by coaches (and administrators) around the world. When he arrived in India, DF inherited a side on the slide, filled with aging players too important to drop. How do you build a new side when you have administrators and selectors working to their own agendas and in their own interests rather than as a linked up unit all pulling in the same direction? You don't build a successful side in a year or two! India are lucky to have had DF

Posted by Amar345 on (March 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Bad decision.He has not given anything to INDIA as a coach.How can bcci extend his contract.Get ready to see some other white wash in africa and also in newzealand.

Posted by dabbler on (March 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Continuity? Continuity of what? Failure?

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (March 15, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

@facebook login: Rohit I said because he was given too many chances in ODIs calling that he was a rare talent. What did Duncan do with him and other young players seems to be an area of focus considering his role to correct batsment's mistakes. Hope you followed ODIs too

Posted by crindo77 on (March 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Hardly surprising. You do not want to change everything at the same time. And India ARE in transition. Another 1 year extension is also sensible, although Fletcher may well carry on till the next WC. He certainly has a reasonable working relationship with MSD, which is vital. And as some others have so sagely pointed out, India's crash from no 1 to no 5 was least of all Duncan's fault. However, the end of year tour of SA will be the real litmus Test for him. He will have some resources in batting and bowling, and a younger team.

Posted by AjitDJ on (March 15, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

What has Fletcher accomplished since taking over? He always looks like a non-existant coach.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

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.

Posted by mgr125128 on (March 15, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

This is one of the most tragic news ever.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 15, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

if the senior players let him get on with his job, then perhaps they may find just how good a coach he is. also the guys who criticized him on this site will be kinder with comments. this i dont think will make india any stronger away from home when they play the big 3 sa eng and aus. as that will have to come from the bcci and these will have to be big changes. DF did nothing but good for england as the ecb did listen and implemented things to help england reach their goal. even if it was only for a year

Posted by vswami on (March 15, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

A sensible and mature decision, notwithstanding whatever a hysterical media has to say. Fletcher suddenly didnt become a bad coach overnight. Australia's performance in India shows what a loss of couple of senior players can do to a side. Just as Clarke can hardly be blamed for Australia's defeats, MSD can hardly be blamed alone when seniors like Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Zaheer didnt deliver collectively and are out of the side. Dhoni and Fletcher need some space and time from fans and board to build a settled side. The single biggest crisis facing the side is fast bowling talent in first class cricket, while we seem to have decent talent in batting, spin and fielding departments.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

:-) @ luvcricket : I can understand on Shewag and Gambhir...Rohit ???? really...???

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

i can be a better coach than him.....

Posted by fah4 on (March 15, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Not a good decision what is the Duncan role in present team? May be given chance to complete the white wash in SA as in England and Australia. Team India need Indian coach and we have too many candidates available in our country.

Posted by EJ07 on (March 15, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Gr8 news!!! for opposition teams :P

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

You can start predicting the new winner for the 2015 World Cup. Gosh! How can winning against a 3rd class Australian side at home convince the board enough to extend his contract?

They forgot all the previous humiliation we suffered home and abroad? I know the team is going through a transition, but this fellow doesn't inspire much confidence really...

Posted by durhamd on (March 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

While I do respect and rate Fletcher highly as a coach, surely he doesn't deserve a contract extension? His, and India's performances have been so far below what you'd expect, given their collective quality.

Posted by zuber21886 on (March 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

no way how can they do that, actually it doesn't matter, because he might be not the main reason for the failures.

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (March 15, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

This again shows the very conservative and patient approach taken by BCCI. Any other board would not have extended a coach's contract with such performance. To be fair, it was not all that was Duncan's fault. The team lost super stars and is rebuilding. However one expects Duncan to help struggling batsmen like Shewag, Gambhir, Rohit Shrama find their feet and technique, something which Gary promptly did. No other complaints. Good luck to Team India and Duncan, hopefully we win one test match or save tests in SA. That is all we expect from you at this point of transition.

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