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Dilip Vengsarkar questions Duncan Fletcher’s role in selecting fresh talent

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Dilip Vengsarkar (above) says being with the team watching international cricket is not good enough for Duncan Fletcher  © AFP

Mar 8, 2014

Former India cricketer and national selector Dilip Vengsarkar has expressed his disappointment with the way the present national coach Duncan Fletcher functions.

There have been questions over the involvement of Fletcher in the team selection matters and moreover, his absence from the crucial domestic matches has only made the condition worse. Several reports suggest that Fletcher has not bothered to watch domestic cricket between tours, since taking over the role of Indian coach.

Vengsarkar told India Today, “I don’t know what his contract says but he is just content being with the team watching international cricket which is not good enough. He should be watching domestic cricket so that he can also give suggestions to selectors,” he opined.

The report said that Fletcher’s arrangement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) means that the coach is clueless about skills of the new players. Ishwar Pandey is a perfect example in this case as he wasn’t given a single opportunity on the tour of New Zealand and even during the Asia Cup 2014 dead rubber against Afghanistan.

“Ishwar Pandey was not given an opportunity in Bangladesh because they did not know how he could bowl,” Vengsarkar said.

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