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Fletcher to act as peacemaker: sources

CNN-IBN
Feb 23, 2012 at 06:31pm IST

In another twist to the differnce of opinion between the players of Team India, sources on Thursday told CNN-IBN that BCCI wants coach Duncan Fletcher to resolve the rift within the team. Fletcher and media manager GS Walia have been asked to speak to the senior players and put an end to the issue.

The confrontation started after India's defeat against Sri Lanka in the triangular series in Australia on Tuesday when Indian stand-in captain Virender Sehwag gave a different reason than MS Dhoni for the rotation policy adopted by the Indian management.

According to the reports, Fletcher will speak to skipper MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, and will try to mediate and settle the differences. Senior players are also likely to adddress the media conference on Friday to clear the air.

At a press conference after the loss, Dhoni explained why he was going ahead with the controversial rotation policy. Among many things he said one was that India can't go into a match with the trio of Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir as they are slow on the field and concede a lot of runs.

In another press conference on the same day, Sehwag, who captained India while Dhoni served the one-match ban on account of slow over-rate in the previous match against Australia, launched his retort against Dhoni's remarks. "I did not know what he (Dhoni) said and what's going on in media. He told us he wanted to give chance to youngsters who had come here and play the next World Cup. That's what he told us."

Ever since the beginning of the triangular series, there has been a huge debate over the adoption of the rotation policy. Sehwag, who had to sit out of a couple of games, is a not a big fan of the policy, and that is supposed to be the bone of content_cnion between the captain and vice captain.

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