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)
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)