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BCCI sees no future for Duncan Fletcher, taps Rahul Dravid for mentor role

The BCCI are in talks with Rahul Dravid to join the team during the home series against West Indies.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: August 21, 2014 10:48 am
The current coach's time has run out and is only a matter of time before he's out of the picture. (Source: AP) The current coach’s time has run out and is only a matter of time before he’s out of the picture. (Source: AP)

Head coach of the Indian cricket team, Zimbabwe-born Duncan Fletcher, has been given sufficient hints, during a conference call early on Tuesday, by top Indian cricket board officials that his services are no longer valued and he is free to resign. Rahul Dravid, the former India skipper, is being pursued to take up the role of team mentor in the near future.

An official, who participated in the deliberation to appoint former all-rounder Ravi Shastri as the director of the Indian cricket team, told The Indian Express on Wednesday that the ‘Board of Control for Cricket in India expected Fletcher to resign after the England tour’, which also includes five One-dayers and one T20 International.

Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney, both rested according to the BCCI statement on Tuesday, are likely to be sacked once they submit their respective reports about the 1-3 loss to England.

Fletcher’s role has already been undermined after the reins of the Indian team was handed over to the newly-appointed director, Shastri, for the ODIs. But the influence of the 65-year-old coach, who came with the reputation for being a sound judge when it came to batting techniques, is likely to be further undermined as the BCCI is in talks with Dravid.

The former India skipper and No.3 batsman was the first choice, even ahead of Shastri, but he cited prior professional and personal commitments as a reason for not taking up a position with the Indian team at short notice.

“Fletcher himself has to decide what his future will be. He is a professional and we are paying him a good amount. So it is natural to expect big results from him. We don’t doubt his cricketing knowledge but we need someone who can also communicate well with the boys and also motivate them to become mentally tougher. We have options when it comes to appointing new coaching staff. Enough feelers have been sent to Fletcher in the last meeting and the BCCI will be expecting him to resign after England tour,” the official said.

If Dravid takes up the role of mentor, he is likely to be with the team till the 50-over World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February-March next year.

“Dravid is attached to the Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Champions League. However, we have big plans for Rahul. We want him to be the permanent mentor of the Indian team. He understands these players like nobody else and the players respect him also. We will ask him to take up the role during the home series against West Indies and also when the team travels to Australia for the Test series,” the official added.

Incidentally, Dravid took up a brief role as mentor of the Indian team ahead of the first Test versus England at Trent Bridge while Sunil Gavaskar has on more than one occasion asked the BCCI to make Dravid the Indian coach.

When it comes to Penney and Dawes, who were replaced by assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun, the BCCI has decided to terminate their contracts that run till the World Cup.

“What we have learnt is that Penney, Dawes and Fletcher have been in a comfort zone and there is an impression within the team that they are not doing enough,” the official added.

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  1. RK
    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:31 am
    Board is only trying to find scapegoats to protect players. Does anyone here think all these moves are going to fetch us results when we visit down under for the series with Ausies? I honestly do not think so. Everyone expects the board to react and take corrective measures and namesake, they find easy scapegoats. If the BCCI have any real guts, let them drop these "legendary" indispensable star players for their poor showing. Vit=rat is never a test material; But, huge investments have been made on him and thos who have invested want him to play all formats. It's huge money that dictates terms here and not any logic or wisdom...
    1. J
      Aug 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm
      Dravid doesn't know the politics, Knows only the Merit.
      1. Vijai Vijai
        Aug 21, 2014 at 9:14 am
        Rahul Dravid, pls stay away from this cesspool. There will be a cleanout within the BCCI soon, starting from the top.
        1. M
          Aug 21, 2014 at 10:47 am
          rahul dravid is a best decision. but in past one of the reason for early retirement of dravid and laxman was dhoni.
          1. N
            narpinderpal Singh
            Aug 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm
            Nothing will work until complete overhaul team India. Unfortunately no options left in team now. Dhoni is responsible for retirement of all great players in quick time.everyone is making Fletcher Bali ka bakra although what is our teams capability now almost zero.if our fans have little bit shame they should boycott this team ¬ recognize them as a celebrities.
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