Fletcher, the newly-appointed coach of the International Cricket Council World Cup winners, refused to speak to the media at the Queen’s Park Oval where his team is preparing for this weekends Twenty20 match against the West Indies, incurring the wrath of some journalists.
Cricket India absolved the tactician from blame, saying: It is in Fletchers contract not to speak to media.
Fletcher was more of a bystander than conductor of his first practice session with the team ahead of the Windies match. He offered a few practice catches and then stood behind the nets to watch his young batsmen knock down a few deliveries.
He later did assume command when he expressed his mind, sitting down with the entire Indian team. Fletcher enjoyed the reputation of an authoritarian during his nine-year long association with the England team.
Harare-born Fletcher is former Zimbabwean cricketer, formerly captain of the senior team.