As Team India sets itself up for the fourth edition of the World Cup in the game's shortest and most popular forms, T20 cricket, former Indian players have come down hard on team coach Duncan Fletcher's ways of functioning, according to the reports.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar as chairman of selectors made it a point to travel around the country scouting for talent is not at all happy about the fact that the former Zimbabwe international and ex England team coach Fletcher has not bothered to watch any domestic cricket in between tours since taking over the Indian coaching assignment from Gary Kirsten. "I don't know what his contract says but he is just content being with the team watching international cricket which is not good enough. He should be watching domestic cricket so that he can also give suggestions to selectors," he said.
With the Indian bowlers' woes continuing, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar's calls for the inclusion of rookie pacer Ishwar Pandey have also been ignored time and time again. From MS Dhoni giving Stuart Binny one over to bowl and listing him to bat at No.8 in a one day in New Zealand to Virat Kohli's refusal to play the likes of Pandey in Bangladesh in the dead rubbers suggests the lack of confidence in the players ability.
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To add to the ire of Indian cricket fans and former players, Fletcher left for South Africa just after India were knocked out of just concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh. With World T20 just a week away, Fletcher task should be to re-group Team India for the tournament and get their mindsets right.