BCCI annoyed after captain MS Dhoni says ‘boss’ Duncan Fletcher will lead India till World Cup

What has irked the board further is that Dhoni decided to make a statement on Fletcher’s future.

Written by Daksh Panwar , Devendra Pandey | Bristol/mumbai | Updated: August 26, 2014 7:41 pm
who da boss? After taking over as director, Shastri had said he was the over all boss of the Indian team. Dhoni chose to disagree on Sunday. Who da boss? After taking over as director, Shastri had said he was the over all boss of the Indian team. Dhoni chose to disagree on Sunday.

India skipper MS Dhoni’s declaration in Bristol that coach Duncan Fletcher would lead the team into next year’s 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 Dhoni’s 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

“Dhoni can’t 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 Fletcher’s contract runs up to the 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. But speaking at the pre-match press conference on Sunday, Dhoni also insisted 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.

“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. It’s not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don’t 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.


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

Fletcher’s 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 Fletcher’s future despite being the BCCI giving enough indication that the incumbent coach’s role was under the scanner, and thus revealing that the Indian captain and Indian board weren’t on the same page for once. And it’s 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

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First Published on: August 25, 2014 2:06 am
  1. A
    Aug 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm
    If only he was as ertive on the cricket field. No one is bigger than the game, and Dhoni should understand this.
    1. L
      Aug 25, 2014 at 6:06 am
      MSD & his click of team mates must be removed from the team.
      1. A
        Aug 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm
        Keep Fletcher. Fire Dhoni and Sri.ni
        1. A
          Aug 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm
          Firstly, BCCI should not have announced team shastri midway to look after the team of dhoni & co. even if india loses the odi series, ( good if I am proved wrong) will shastri takes the blame or simply shrugg off with an expected comment tat he did not have enough time ! these are a power hungry ex cricjeters who are more attentive for their authority.
          1. S
            Aug 25, 2014 at 6:41 am
            This was ought to have happened. Huge money disbursed by Srinivasan to the members of BCCI to protect his chair as BCCI President, has made them spineless and obviously that is the reason the worthless Dhoni has risen to this height. Like his godfather Srini, Dhoni has also built a company in the team by uring everyone's place irrespective of his performance, how worse it may be. BCCI members have to swallow the audacity of Dhoni because they have already swallowed Srini's money and in return they have to pay what Srini and Dhoni want. You hardly remember that any Captain prior to Dhoni had the audacity to behave like him despite shameless defeat of series after series abroad. Money can make people so notorious that one can hardly believe before seeing Dhoni. BCCI members - you have chance to regain your prestige if you show the courage and spirit to call back Dhoni from England because of his this sort of dictator-like atude and behaviour. Do you have really that courage?
            1. P
              Aug 25, 2014 at 6:51 am
              Dhoni is absolutely right. A team manager can never fill the shoes of a coach. Hiring & Firing is BCCI's job. To work closely with the Hired coach is the captain's job. Dhoni's words should be taken seriously. He his hinting that the problem is not with the coach, but with the players who have failed to cope with the conditions.
              1. H
                ha ha
                Aug 25, 2014 at 8:36 am
                indian team is 1 day oriented, done badly in test but will not do so badly in 1 dayers, so shastri drops in to get into a winning situation.for people on ground its business as usual.
                1. D
                  dhiraj kumar
                  Aug 25, 2014 at 11:16 am
                  Dhoni shoudl be fired or gagged!enough of his bossy
                  1. G
                    Aug 25, 2014 at 7:28 am
                    What ever it is, at least, the playing captain, is ertive !! He does not dablle, like the BCCI members. Mr.Shastri may be a 'no non-sense' person, who is now paratrooped into the scheme, no body knows the purpose and role for him. The salvo from Dhoni, may be with a 'reason' (right or wrong) and the true receipient of the salvo, certainly knows !!
                    1. S
                      Aug 26, 2014 at 4:38 am
                      Its Shrinivasan connection that makes Dhoni think that he is the BCCI . Its time that BCCI firmly tells him that it is not his job to decide how long Flecher will remain as coach .
                      1. t
                        Aug 25, 2014 at 9:25 am
                        Dhoni it seems can say and do anything---and get away with it as he enjoys 100 per cent backing of his defacto father Srinivisan
                        1. J
                          Aug 25, 2014 at 6:07 am
                          Somehow this seems to be going the Ganguly - Chappel way, though with a twist. I hope this doesn't end the way the Ganguly-Chappel episode did. We already lost a promising Captain and I don't want another talented Captain going down the same way!
                          1. D
                            Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm
                            Where will that happen,on flat pitches in India, where the batsman can smack the bowlers on dead pitches?
                            1. K
                              Krishan Murari
                              Aug 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm
                              I entirely agree with u. These bcci people are only baby or long finished cricketers like Shastri etcThe players have gone through a bad patch and.are very new to pitch conditions. They will surely bounce back n shut these babus mouth
                              1. P
                                Aug 25, 2014 at 6:19 am
                                It time to say "Good bye Dhoni ! ! !"
                                1. P
                                  Aug 26, 2014 at 4:48 am
                                  When Dhoni became the captain, was he a " replacement " ??? It was a shot that BCCI took, thats itThe way he is keeping wickets, any Ranji player can do that
                                  1. R
                                    Rakesh Sagar
                                    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:00 am
                                    And who is the replacement..?Both as a captain and as wicketkeeper.
                                    1. B
                                      Aug 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm
                                      Looks like Dhoni has become arrogant and insensitive (to team's innings defeats in the final 2 tests) and now he wants to be the "ultimate boss" of Indian cricket team; for any sense of discipline and responsibility to be returning to the team, he should be sacked upon completion of this UK tour, if not earlier. The problem lies mainly in his being a VP of India Cements, courtesy of its MD N. Srinivasan. Once he is finished from the Indian Team, his endorts will start drying up and his life-style will change, along with reduction of his ego and arrogance; the BCCI should ban him from having any business deals with it for his lifetime.
                                      1. S
                                        Sunil Vadehra
                                        Aug 25, 2014 at 7:56 am
                                        Dhoni can be expected to do that. We know his support base at the highest level within BCCI.
                                        1. T
                                          Aug 26, 2014 at 10:50 am
                                          Dhoni is no one to comment as to who is the boss of the team: BCCI:www.thecricketlounge.co...
                                          1. M
                                            Aug 27, 2014 at 12:22 am
                                            It was not a shot. It was Sachin's recommendation. It was based on what Sachin had seen alongside
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