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India denies talks to hire Flower


MUMBAI — The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rubbished a report that it held discussions with former England coach Andy Flower about taking over as the chief coach of the Indian team in place of incumbent Duncan Fletcher following the country’s dismal show in South Africa and New Zealand.

“That’s rubbish. I am the secretary of the board and no such discussions (with Flower) have taken place,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.

The report in an Indian national daily quoting a highly-placed source in the BCCI said that a board official had held a round of talks with the former Zimbabwe skipper Flower.

“Nothing has been finalised as these are preliminary talks with the Board likely to invite applications from suitable candidates for the post next month. Routine process would be followed before handing the responsibilities to the new coach. But so far, Flower has been contacted and let’s see who wins the race,” the source had said, according to the report.

Patel said he would like to know which board official had said this to the newspaper.

“Yes, we will be talking to them. This is a normal procedure that we adopt after every tour. In all probability that would happen only after the T20 World Cup,” Patel informed.

The BCCI is likely to summon under-fire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Fletcher for a meeting to take stock of the Indian cricket team’s disastrous overseas record in the last three years.

It is learnt that the BCCI top brass “wants to review the team’s performance away from home and probably discuss with them ways to improve its overseas record”.

— The Asian Age

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