Calcutta: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear that Duncan Fletcher will enjoy its full support and there was no plan to remove him.
“Fletcher’s going to stay and there’s no question of an ultimatum being issued,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told The Telegraph on Friday.
The Team India coach met BCCI president N. Srinivasan in Chennai on Friday to discuss the team’s performance. The meeting was earlier scheduled to take place in Mumbai.
Srinivasan was to be in Mumbai for a BCCI meeting, which among other things would discuss the IPL. That meeting, however, got put off, and Srinivasan decided not to travel to Mumbai.
So Fletcher had to meet the BCCI president in Chennai. The meeting lasted around 45 minutes.
The others present at the meeting were Patel and BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, who happened to be in Chennai for a meeting of the treasurer’s office.
It was learnt that among other things discussed at the meeting was India’s tour of England, which will be India’s first assignment after the World T20.
Fletcher’s trip to Chennai gave rise to speculation that the BCCI was not happy with his performance after India lost back-to-back Test and ODI series in South Africa and New Zealand. The side also couldn’t make the final of the Asia Cup.
In fact, India have been hammered across all formats on each of the last four tours — the depressing sequence having begun 32 months ago, in England. Worse, India also got beaten 1-2 by England in the 2012-13 Test series at home.
The only series success overseas came in Fletcher’s first assignment, in the West Indies. The one bright spot in the Fletcher era has been the Champions Trophy win last June.
Fletcher (65) has been on board from the summer of 2011, coming with an initial contract of two years. A one-year extension, without any discussion within the Board, was granted last March.