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04-27-2011, 10:54 PM #1
Duncan Fletcher appointed Team India coachDuncan Fletcher was on Wednesday appointed India's cricket coach. He replaces the highly-successful Gary Kirsten, ending weeks of suspense on who will take over the high-profile job.
The 62-year-old Zimbabwean, who coached England with mixed results from 1999 to 2007, has been handed the job for two years.
The decision to appoint Fletcher, whose name was doing the rounds as a possible successor to Kirsten, was taken at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Mumbai . The announcement came as a surprise, as the BCCI gave no indication that it had decided on the appointment of the new coach.
"The contract with Fletcher is for two years. He may not join the team in the West Indies as he has some prior commitments," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting.
Eric Simmons, who was the bowling coach during Kirsten's tenure, will continue in the same position, Srinivasan added.
Fletcher, who captained Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup and played just six one-dayers during the African nation's pre-Test days, had mixed fortunes as coach of England....being a human...