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 Devendra Pandey , Daksh Panwar | 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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  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?
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