BCCI annoyed after MS Dhoni says boss Fletcher will lead India till World Cup

Written by Devendra Pandey | Bristol/Mumbai | Updated: Aug 25 2014, 15:08pm hrs
India skipper MS Dhonis declaration in Bristol that coach Duncan Fletcher would lead the team into next years World Cup has not gone down too well back home with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Along with coming down strong only Dhonis statement, where he also claimed on the eve of the first ODI that Fletcher is still the boss, the Indian board also tried to reinforce their status quo in terms of making high-profile

decisions.

Dhoni cant decide who should be coach. BCCI will decide it, a top BCCI official told The Indian Express, 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.

While Fletchers contract runs up to the World Cup, his place at the helm of the Indian teams 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. But speaking at the pre-match press conference on Sunday, Dhoni also insisted that the incumbent coachs 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.

Definitely he will lead us into the World Cup, Dhoni said in Bristol about Fletcher before adding, Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi (Shastri) who will look into everything, but Duncan Fletcher is the boss. Its not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I dont 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.

The BCCI official though revealed that Dhoni and Fletcher had been given enough feelers about the new make-up of the Indian support staff-that also welcomed Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar-during a teleconference that was held in the late hours of August 18. This discussion had come about in the aftermath of the Test series that saw India lose 3-1, with the last two matches lasting less than three full days.

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Shastri too had indicated in many interviews over the last few days that he had assumed full control over the teams affairs. In one interview after taking charge, he had said that he was the boss and that everyone would report to him.

Fletchers future had come under further doubt after this paper had reported that the BCCI was likely to retain Shastri as the chief decision-maker for the team right up to the quadrennial, scheduled to be held in February-March of next year.

What has irked the board further is that Dhoni decided to make a statement on Fletchers future despite being the BCCI giving enough indication that the incumbent coachs role was under the scanner, and thus revealing that the Indian captain and Indian board werent on the same page for once. And its left the officials fuming.

Dhoni never likes people who question him. Shastri is a no-nonsense man, and he will intervene. We all know Fletcher never questioned Dhoni. Dhoni knows everything and still he has made such a statement which is surprising, the official added