Who is the real boss of Team India?

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Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:36 [IST]
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There seems to be confusion over who is the real "boss" of Team India in England at the moment. While BCCI appointed former captain Ravi Shastri as Director of Cricket for the ODI series, skipper MS Dhoni has come out openly in support of under-fire head coach Duncan Fletcher and has stated that he is still the "boss".

Dhoni's statements at the pre-match press conference in Bristol on Sunday (August 24) have clearly upset BCCI.

Who is the real boss of Team India?

The captain has not only gone against the Indian cricket board by backing Fletcher and saying that he will take the Indian team to the World Cup next year, he has also left his team-mates confused.

"He (Fletcher) will lead us into the World Cup," Dhoni said on Sunday.

"Also he is still the boss. We have Ravi Shastri who will look into everything, but Fletcher is the boss. It's not as if his powers or his position have been curtailed. I don’t know what you feel from the outside, but operations still remain the same. We have a few other support staff coming into the dressing room, but overall the operation remains the same," he added.

If Dhoni is saying that, read what BCCI had stated in a media release after appointing Shastri last week.

"The BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one day international matches against England. Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of cricket affairs of the Indian Team," BCCI's secretary Sanjay Patel had said in the media statement.

If Shastri is "overall in-charge of cricket affairs" of the team, then Fletcher too will have to report to him. But Dhoni disagrees with BCCI.

Upset by Dhoni's remarks, an unamed BCCI official said the wicketkeeper-batsman had no power to decide the future of the coach.

"Dhoni can't decide who should be coach. BCCI will decide it," a top BCCI official told "Indian Express". "At the same time, we also want to add that it is the selection committee that will decide the coach and captain for the World Cup," he added.

Fletcher's contract with the Indian team is till the 2015 World Cup. However, according to reports, he might not be there till then.

With the team already reeling under Test debacle in England, it would be better for BCCI and Dhoni to be in agreement on the coaching staff.

Going by Dhoni's statements yesterday, there is clear indication of communication breakdown between the BCCI and the skipper.

Also, this is the second instance during the England tour that Dhoni has taken on BCCI. The previous one being the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja spat where he insisted to press charges against the England paceman despite reports of N Srinivasan, the ICC Chairman not wanting to take the matter further.

Now, one needs to ask the question - Who is the real boss of Indian cricket?

Fletcher or Shastri or Dhoni or someone else?


Story first published:  Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:30 [IST]
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