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Ajit Wadekar also wants Duncan Fletcher sacked immediately
Since taking over the baton from Gary Kirsten as coach of the Indian cricket team, men in blue have performed below-par under the guidance of Duncan Fletcher. There have been calls from several quarters asking Fletcher to be removed from his post and the latest in the list seems to be Ajit Wadekar, former Indian cricketer. It was only yesterday that even Sunil Gavaskar asked for Fletcher's head.

It was after India won the 2011 ICC world cup, Fletcher was appointed. In fact, Gary Kirsten was the one who suggested Fletcher for the coveted post, but Fletcher has been a disappointment. Since 2011, India under Fletcher has played 30 Test matches, winning 12 and losing 12. The record does not look in the ODI arena also, where they are the world champions. They have lost 29 matches and won 45.

''There is no denying the fact that India has not performed well under Duncan (Fletcher). He deserves to be chucked out as the coach immediately,'' said former Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar. His contract was extended for another year, last year. But, during the time of his extension then as well, there were a number of pundits and experts who no longer wanted him as the Indian coach, as the Indian team had suffered a series whitewash in England and Australia.

There are calls for a new coach, but does does it sound logical with the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand just a year away? ''If a new coach is selected, it could be good for the team. A new coach would bring fresh ideas in the team.'' If the BCCI wants to take action, it has to be done as quickly as possible. Wadekar further added, ''One has to act like a businessman, while taking such decisions.''

If chucked out, there are a number of contenders who can coach the Indian team. Sunil Gavaskar feels Rahul Dravid is the most suitable candidate, while Wadekar considers Ganguly as the best man for the job.

'' Sourav Ganguly is the best choice. He knows how to get the things done as well. There are a number of players such as Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, who can also be considered for the job. These players have done a great amount of service to the nation, making India proud with their efforts. It would be easier for them to handle Indian players,'' said Wadekar.

Having said this, the BCCI have a different thought process, which can be justified with their selection of foreign coaches. There is no dearth of Indian cricketers, who would love to handle the top job, but they have been ignored in the past, paving way for foreigners such as John Wright,

Greg Chappell, Gary Kirsten etc. Wadekar is not a happy figure with Indian team being coached by foreign coaches. He said, ''Hiring foreign coaches seems to have become a trend. They are not aware of the Indian culture, tradition, languages, which plays an important role. They are primarily lured by money.''

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