New Delhi, April 28: Duncan Fletcher's appointment as India's cricket coach was seen as a move in the right direction by former cricketers and coaches who said the Zimbabwean's vast experience in coaching will hold him in good stead during his two-year stint.
The BCCI today appointed the 62-year-old Fletcher, who coached England from 1999 to 2007 with mixed results, as Gary Kirsten's replacement on a two-year term.
"He's obviously got a pretty good track record on the international and county circuits, and he's got a pretty wide range of coaching experience," said former Australia coach John Buchanan.
"He shares some similarities to Gary Kirsten and that obviously is something India would like to maintain, but he also has had greater experience, which should be useful for the phase the Indian team are about to enter into," added Buchanan, who coached Australia to their last two World Cup triumph in 2003 and 2007.
The Queenslander, however, said it would be a challenge for Fletcher to sustain India's recently-achieved supremacy in world cricket under Kirsten.
"Ahead of him certainly will be the opportunity to sustain the success the Indian team have had up to and including the World Cup," Buchanan said.
India's bowing coach Eric Simons, who was today given an extension, said that it would be a great challenge for Fletcher to coach the Indian team.
Simons said he was looking forward to work with Fletcher and hoped that the former England coach would bring in new ideas.
"I am looking forward to working with him. I enjoyed working with (Gary) Kirsten, and I am sure Fletcher will bring in new ideas for the development of the team", Simons said.
"I think coaching the No.1 team in the world will be a real challenge for Fletcher,'' said Simons, who was appointed the bowling coach in January 2010.