Hours before the first ODI between England and India at Bristol, MS Dhoni came out and revealed that “Duncan Fletcher is still the Boss and he will lead us in the 2015 World Cup”. This statement has made the BCCI angry and the Indian board is trying to reinforce their status in making some big decisions.
“Dhoni can’t decide who should be coach. BCCI will decide it,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express, He also added that at the same time, we also want to add that it is the selection committee that will decide the coach and captain for the World Cup.
Fletcher’s role as the coach has come under several criticisms after the disastrous test series against England. The BCCI has given the bowling coach and fielding coach a forced holiday and has appointed Ravi Shastri as the director of cricket for the ODI series in England apart from appointing Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun as the Assistant coach and R Sridhar as the fielding coach.
While appointing Shastri as the director, BCCI has quoted that “Fletcher has no powers left whatsoever. Ravi will be calling the shots and Fletcher knows it only too well. At this point of time, with no choice of support staff, Fletcher will have to take a back seat. If Fletcher wants to leave before the next home series against West Indies, the Board will not stop him”.
Yesterday in the Pre Match Conference, Dhoni said “Definatley he is leading us into the World Cup. Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. It’s not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don’t know what you feel from the outside, but still operations remain the same. We have a few other support staff, who come into the dressing room, but overall the operation remains the same.”
With Dhoni and BCCI are at loggerheads regarding India’s coach, it will be a interesting as well a crucial build up for the Indian team ahead of the Cricket Extravaganza that begins in February 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.