A BCCI official has stated that the Indian coach Duncan Fletcher is free to quit. Fletcher has been under immense pressure in recent times, after India lost 3-1 to England despite taking a series lead.
The official said, “Duncan has no powers left whatsoever. Ravi will be calling the shots and Duncan knows it only too well. At this point of time, with no choice of support staff, Duncan will have to take a back seat. If Duncan wants to leave before the next home series against West Indies, the Board will not stop him. The BCCI has send him enough feelers that he is not required!”
He added, “Ravi and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be involved in strategising. Sanjay (Bangar) has proven credentials and knows the younger members of the side. The current crop of fast bowlers have worked at NCA under Arun. So tell me what shall Duncan bring to the table. If he can read between the lines, then he can tender his resignation and it will be accepted. There are still doubts as to whether he (Fletcher) will be present in the Indian dressing room during that series. In any case, India will be favourites at home and that is the time when the new Team Director and the new support staff will be able to know the players better before the tour of Australia.”