Fletcher will face a lot of challenges in the year ahead
Despite experiencing some turbulent times under head coach Duncan Fletcher, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that he signed a one-year extension to maintain his position.
Fletcher, who took over as India coach after the team’s World Cup triumph in April 2011, initially signed a two-year contract.
The BCCI also announced that fielding coach Trevor Penney signed a new one-year deal.
The decision to keep Fletcher on board was made during a BCCI committee meeting in Mumbai.
However, Fletcher will face some tough hurdles ahead as India be looking to win the upcoming Champions Trophy in June before going on tours of South Africa and New Zealand.
Furthermore, just prior to the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year, India will also look to do much better in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, which is set to be hosted by Bangladesh.
“The board has decided to extend his contract,” BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan said. “But we have to discuss the terms. I can’t tell you the deliberations of the board. All I can tell you is what is the decision. We have decided to extend it.”
According to an anonymous source within the BCCI, the decision to give Fletcher a one-year contract was the result of his positive impact during India’s transition period.
“He knows all the youngsters, including the fringe players, very well by now, so it was important to keep the same bond going for a developing side,” the source said. “The fact that virtually every youngster respects him a lot also played a part.”
India have not been on a great run since being dethroned as the number one Test side in November 2011, as they succumbed to a 4-0 whitewash against England that year and against Australia at the beginning of 2012.
Despite posting victories against lower ranked opponents like the West Indies and New Zealand, England once again had the last laugh as they broke a 28-year losing streak by beating India 2-1 on home soil.
However, things may be looking up, as India just came off a 4-0 whitewashing of Australia recently and have also secured the top spot in the ODI team rankings, despite losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in December.