India news March 14, 2014

Duncan Fletcher's job safe - BCCI secretary


The India coaching staff, comprising the trio of Duncan Fletcher, Trevor Penney and Joe Dawes has received the "wholehearted" support of the BCCI in the wake of raging criticism in the media recently. In the wake of India's defeats on the overseas tours of South Africa and New Zealand and their early exit from the Asia Cup prompted critics to point fingers at the trio, including former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said he would give Fletcher a rating of 1.5 on a scale of 10 for his coaching acumen.

"We deny all reports about Fletcher's job being in danger," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "Everything will continue as it is. No difference (with regards to the coaching staff). Duncan wanted to continue, and he has our whole-hearted support from BCCI."

Fletcher, who took over as the head coach in 2011 after Gary Kirsten left the position, had signed a one-year extension to his contract last year. Although his contract comes to an end on March 31, both he and the BCCI had mutually agreed earlier to continue till the end of the World T20. Despite the BCCI insisting that it had no plans to oust Fletcher, the speculation in the media has persisted about his future.

But when Fletcher did not land along with the rest of the Indian squad in Dhaka earlier today, and instead went to Chennai to meet BCCI president N Srinivasan and Patel and few other senior board officials, the doubts grew louder about the coach's fate. However Patel silenced all the doubters, denying all claims of the BCCI deciding to sack anyone from the coaching staff.

Asked if the renewal of the coaching staff's contracts were discussed, Patel said it was a routine meeting where the BCCI wanted to take stock of the situation. "It was a normal meeting. Unfortunately due to a busy schedule we could not meet the coaches. Normally what happens is during our one-on-one meetings we (BCCI and coach) discuss what their requirements are and if they need any extra support and all such things. Since we had not met for a while, we decided to call the coaches," Patel said.

An annoyed Patel rubbished speculation brewing in the media and even questioned certain reports. "Who are we to give an ultimatum? And will a person like Duncan listen to us giving any ultimatum? There was no discussion about any such thing," Patel said. "People are using words like summons issued to coaches. Are they culprits to be issued summons?"

However, India captain MS Dhoni had to face the question about Fletcher when he landed in Dhaka for his first press conference ahead of the World T20, having skipped the traditional pre-tour press conference . Asked about the coach's absence, Dhoni refused to answer. The Indian team's media manager even said they were not aware of any meeting between the coach and the BCCI.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • s k on March 18, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    First thing india should change the fast bowlers they are having right now. They should kick off the underperforming players within the team. They should only give the chance to talented players but not their own favorite players. No curtosey should be shown for underperforming players. I think Coach is not a matter. But the major concern is underperforming players in the team. They should give chances to bowling allrounders like "Stuart Binny" who is currently in the indian team. They must find more allrounders like him. I don't know what happen to "Parvez Rasool"? "Mandeep Singh"? "Rishi Dhawan"?"Dhawal kulkarni"? They should give chances to them.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    bcci plz change the coach fletcher can not bring the world cup back to india , he does not have such records in his coaching job plz bcci change the coach. if u see money country name will get down if u see as sport plz change the coach make the india as proud in sports

  • Prithvi on March 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    I did not really expect India to put that much of a fight in SA though after SA series i though India would win in NZ....I feel fletcher shld be continued till 2015 WC you can't afford to change just 1 year b4 the WC.....

  • Prithvi on March 17, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @ ROXSPORT yeah India have done well in their previous outing in these countries....but this is a totally diff team n we mainly lost because our bowling isn't gud n a bit due to Dhoni's defensive tactics.....I'm no Fletcher fan but can u really blame Fletcher for all these losses....

  • R on March 16, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @ John54321: Oh yeah, just check the results of India's last Test series to these countries. India drew the Test series with South Africa in SA & won against New Zealand in New Zealand (with the batsmen showing some real spine in holding out for a draw, while batting out more than 2 days).

  • Prithvi on March 16, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @gauravm under Fletcher's tenure England had won away test series in SA WI....n also won in Pak n Sl..winning in subcontinent 4 traditionally weak players of spin bowlers is an achievement....though Duncan was picked by BCCI officials who have never held a bat he was suggested by Gary Kirsten

  • Prithvi on March 16, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    These comments sums up Indian fans.....India's performances have clearly imroved since 8-0 whitewash.....In the 1st test in SA n in both tests in NZ,India came close to winning those games but lost at those key moments....In the 2nd test India lost due to McCullums 300 and partly due to Dhoni's defensive tactics.......Indian batsmen Kohli Pujara n Rahane have adjusted well to test cric8 very well n even the inconsistent Rohit improved on his consistency n Dhawan's performance improve in NZ series......I wouldn't say Duncan's totally useles but regarding the players improvement complete credit can't be given to Fletcher

  • Yogesh on March 16, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    Excellent news. Like millions of other fans, I can now shift away from supporting this useless team and focus on life. BCCI is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs by keeping the current coaching staff on. Ah well, WC2015 will be another WC where India exits after the first round of matches.

  • Sreekanth on March 15, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Indian fans are the most short-sighted of the lot! First when they lost 8-0 they wanted all the players to be sacked/retired and all new people to be inducted in the team. When that is done, they are not ready for the new people to adjust and learn before winning. They want wins from the very first test!

    They are not happy to see that the young indian team competed very well in both SA and NZ. No, they want them to win every match from day-1. Worst kind of short-sighted fans these are.

  • Gaurav on March 15, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher was picked by people who never hold a bat or ball in their whole life.

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