Duncan Fletcher is new Team India coach

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 09:32 hrs

Mumbai: Former England cricket team coach and Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher has been appointed as the next coach of the Indian cricket team for a two-year period.

Fletcher's appointment was made here during the working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"The contract with Fletcher is for two years. He may not join the team in the West Indies as he has some prior commitments," board secretary N. Srinivasan told reporters.

The BCCI also decided to retain South African Eric Simons as the bowling coach.

Fletcher replaces South African Gary Kirsten, who served as coach for a period of three years (2008-2011). His first assignment is likely to be the Indian cricket team’s tour to the West Indies.

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Duncan Andrew Gwynne Fletcher is a former Zimbabwean cricketer, former captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team and former coach of the English cricket team.

He is largely credited with rejuvenating the fortunes of the then flagging English team, with the team rising from bottom of the Test rankings to second spot under his tenure as coach.

Fletcher was born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and was one of five brothers in a Rhodesian farming family

Fletcher was Zimbabwe''s first-ever One Day International captain, leading them to their famous victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup over Australia, winning the Man of the Match award for his individual performance.

Fletcher also took Zimbabwe to victory in the 1982 ICC Trophy.

As coach, Fletcher helped the England cricket team achieve  famous series victories away to Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa between 2000-2004. 

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In 2004 England won an English record 8 consecutive tests, beating New Zealand 3-0 and West Indies 4-0 at home respectively, before winning the first test in South Africa.

His most famous and largest achievement however came in September 2005 he became the first coach of the English team to win an Ashes series for 18 years when England secured 2-1 victory over Australia.

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