World Cup 2015: Duncan Fletcher is the Boss, Team India Denies Rumours of Rift

Updated: 18 February 2015 14:19 IST

Reports suggested Team Director Ravi Shastri having an impromptu meeting at the team hotel ‘Langham’ with Duncan Fletcher not informed about it. Media manager DR R N Baba however, has rubbished the rumours.

World Cup 2015: Duncan Fletcher is the Boss, Team India Denies Rumours of Rift
Team India coach Duncan Fletcher (R) during a training session at Adelaide. © AFP

Melbourne:

The Indian team management on Wednesday, sought to deny a media report about chief coach Duncan Fletcher being ignored meetings and also not being kept in the loop about team strategy. (Full Coverage)

With Indian team taking a day-off and players being left on their own to relax, there were reports of team's support staff led by Team Director Ravi Shastri having an impromptu meeting at the team hotel 'Langham' with Fletcher not informed about it. (Also read: Ashwin hit at net session, team management says he's fine)

"I can confirm that no such meeting was held. There is absolutely no truth that Duncan was not kept in the loop about a meeting of the support staff. I can only term this as figment of imagination," team's media manager DR R N Baba said when specifically asked about about the rift among support staff. (Related: Michael Holding hails Virat Kohli)

The general notion since Shastri's appointment has been that it's a move by BCCI to clip Fletcher's wings after team's poor overseas record over a period of time. (Suggested read: India can retain World Cup, says Kirsten)

In fact, according to team sources, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, apparently went to meet their common friend in the evening during the time when the so-called meeting of support staff without Fletcher was supposedly held.

When contacted a senior BCCI official currently in India, said, "Do you people seriously think that Fletcher needs to be sidelined with these kind of childish tricks".

"Fletcher has a contract till the end of the World Cup, which is only a month and half away. We don't think he will seek an extension. So if a man is leaving after the World Cup, do you need to do something like this," the offical said.

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