Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Board of Control for Cricket in India Divided on Duncan Fletcher's Role

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed Team India chief coach Duncan Fletcher to the hilt even as the BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as the overall director of the national team for the ODI series against England.

updated: August 25, 2014 19:03 IST
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How many more days here? India coach Duncan Fletcher gestures during a training session for the team.

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has full faith in chief coach Duncan Fletcher but his confidence in the Zimbabwean may not echo in the corridors of Board of Control for Cricket in India. Captain Cool and senior Board functionaries are clearly not on the same page as Ravi Shastri's appointment as Team India director for the ODI series in England seems to have received a lukewarm response.

Much of Sunday's pre-match press conference ahead of the first ODI at Bristol centered around Shastri's appointment. The former all-rounder, now a respected TV expert, was given the job to oversee the team's cricket operations. As per protocol, Fletcher and the entire coaching staff was to report to Shastri. That Dhoni is unhappy with such an arrangement is eloquently clear. (Also read: Ian Chappell slams Dhoni, calls him a series offender in Tests)

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Two to tango? India captain MS Dhoni with coach Duncan Fletcher during a training session in England.

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Speaking to reporters in Bristol, Dhoni not only gave Fletcher his complete support in the current series but said the former England coach will guide India till the 2015 World Cup. "He (Fletcher) will lead us into the World Cup. Also he is still the boss," Dhoni said, amply hinting that Shastri will have nothing to with team strategy and at best, will help in better communication between the coach and players. (Related: Shastri says Team India will learn from defeats in England)

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