Fletcher to get temporary relief, will see out contract

The Indian Test team's poor show in England, Australia and now at home means coach Duncan Fletcher is unlikely to get a contract extension in April 2013. Fletcher, 64, will be in charge of the team when the Australians come touring early next year.

Fletcher was appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team on April 27, 2011 shortly after India won the 50-over World Cup at home when Gary Kirsten was in-charge. If a top BCCI official is to be believed, the former English coach will not be offered fresh terms and conditions. The Indian team had a disastrous run in England and Australia where they lost 4-0 in each of the tours. The 1-2 loss to England at home, however, is being seen as a sign that the Test team is not able to play to its potential even at home.

"It is unlikely that Fletcher's contract will be renewed. Two years is enough time for a coach to deliver results and Fletcher has not been able to do that. He has a lot of experience but that is not reflecting in the way the team is playing," a top BCCI official told The Sunday Express.

The BCCI official also hinted that one of the candidates who could be in contention to replace Fletcher is a former Australian bowler from the 90's.

"There is no point in removing Fletcher now because we have a Test series coming up at home against Australia. BCCI will see what can be done once the Test series concluded next year," a source added.

Bowling coach Joe Dawes, who has a two-year contract, is also unlikely to continue in his role for much longer. Dawes was appointed bowling coach in February this year and joined the team in March during the Asia Cup.

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