Home > News >

Duncan Fletcher’s attitude baffles ex-players

Coach-Duncan-Fletcher-of-India-arrives-for-a-nets-session-ahead-of-the-2nd-NatWest-One-Day-1
Poor Results under Duncan Fletcher(above) has continued to test the patience of the average Indian fan © Getty Images

Mar 8, 2014

With miserable outings in South Africa and New Zealand, Team India’s stock has plummeted to an all-time low and calls for Duncan Fletcher’s head is gaining momentum gaining with every passing series.

In a Mumbai Mirror report, there has been no road map to overturn the repeated failures away from home and that Fletcher disappears immediately after the completion of a tour, the report said “ Duncan Fletcher’s must be the coolest job in the world. Travel, travel and travel more and get paid about $ 40,000 (close to Rs 25 lakh) a month. When there is no tour, go home and rest. There is no need for any ‘domestic’ grind.”

To add to the ire of Indian fans and ex-players, who have been skeptics of the man who filled in for the much loved and ICC World Cup 2011 winning coach Gary Kirsten, Fletcher left for South Africa just after India were knocked out of Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh with total disregard for India’s tame show in the series.

Fletcher’s disappearing act was followed right after India’s tour of New Zealand and had joined the team, directly in Bangladesh. “Like a visiting professor, he is conducting himself like a visiting coach. Isn’t he?” said the report.

The prestigious Vijay Hazare Trophy is a tournament which brings the best talents of the country in a common platform and Fletcher could have better utilized his time by keeping a keen eye on the next generation talent pool in the country and interacted with them but the 66-year old had nothing to do with it.

Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials admitted to the fact that the Zimbabwean barely steps into the domestic circuit and only sticks with his national duties, wherein he has one more year on his contract.

The former players’ ire against foreign coaches has fallen into deaf man’s ears. With the Indian bowlers’ woes continuing, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar’s calls for the inclusion of rookie pacer Ishwar Pandey were ignored, which brings back memories of the much vaunted Greg Chappell and assistant Ian Frazer oblivious to the proceedings in the Ranji Trophy final when the Australian were in charge.

“Fletcher only cannot be found fault for that. It has been the trend with all foreign coaches. I’m not sure what is in their contract. In an ideal situation the coach would spend time with the domestic players. How will he know who is good and how good,” says Dilip Vengsarkar, the former India captain and chief selector.

“Chappell and Frazer came to the BCCI office but did not visit the Wankhede when the Ranji final was going on. Even Gary Kirsten was indifferent to domestic cricket”, Vengsarkar concluded.

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India vs England Live Cricket score, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Fifty for Moeen Ali

Australia vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 5 at Harare: Australia set a target of 283

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Key Battles

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Moeen Ali gets fifty

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Jos Buttler dismissed by Mohammed Shami

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler aim fightback

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Joe Root dismissed by Suresh Raina

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Australia vs South Africa, 4th ODI at Harare: Key Clashes

Tom Groube: First New Zealand-born cricketer to play a Test

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

626 Posts | 7 Fans

Videos highlights of Serey Die crying during Ivory Coast's national anthem in FIFA World Cup 2014 match

Xiaomi Redmi 1S second sale scheduled for September 9 while first batch gets delivered on September 16

Diya Aur Baati Hum: Anas Rashid and Dipika Singh celebrate as their show completes 3 years

Yoga to deal with anxiety disorders

सोने के वक्त मोबाइल अपने तकिये के पास क्यों नहीं रखना चाहिए ?

NASA building traffic control system for drones

Aagadu Bhelpuri song teaser: Mahesh Babu and Tamannaah sizzle together!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here