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Aug 25, 2014
MS Dhoni’s comments in the pre match press conference in Bristol that coach Duncan Fletcher would lead the team into next year’s World Cup has annoyed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
According to a report published in The Indian Express, a top BCCI official reacted to Dhoni’s comment by saying, “Dhoni can’t decide who should be coach. BCCI will decide it. 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.”
Along with coming down strong only Dhoni’s statement, where he also claimed Fletcher ‘is still the boss’, the Indian board also tried to reinforce their status quo in terms of making high-profile decisions.
While Fletcher’s contract ends after World Cup, his place at the helm of the Indian team’s affairs has come under intense scrutiny of late after former India captain Ravi Shastri was appointed as Director of Cricket for the limited-overs leg of the England tour. When Dhoni was asked about the role of Fletcher in the team at the pre-match press conference on Sunday, he said that the incumbent coach’s powers had not been ‘curtailed’ and that he still remained the leader. This despite the BCCI having reiterated that the man calling the shots within the Indian dressing-room was no longer Fletcher, but Shastri.
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