Duncan Fletcher's job as India coach has come under severe scrutiny after two dismal tours of South Africa and New Zealand. (Getty Images)
The concept of coaching has changed over the years as the coaches are no more considered background staff and in every way are responsible for a team's success and failure.
India in the past had never been tolerant with the coaches, Greg Chappell's sacking comes to mind after India's early exit from 2007 World Cup. Most recently, Andy Flower was removed as head coach of England's cricket team and earlier to that Mickey Arthur got the boot from Australia.
After series of defeats, the Pakistan Cricket Board also decided not to renew Dav Whatmore's contract and appointed Moin Khan as coach on a short-term basis for the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20.
But on the contrary, India's head coach Duncan Fletcher has survived the axe. Fletcher's stint got off to a jittery start as India lost two overseas series 0-4 in both England and Australia. This didn't end there as England defeated India on its home turf. But India bounced back by defeating Australia and West Indies Indies at home and then winning the Champions Trophy.
The travelling woes happened again, India recently lost in South Africa and New Zealand, which has brought captain MS Dhoni and Fletcher to the gallows. Interestingly, BCCI's general secretary Sanjay Patel has confirmed that Fletcher's job is safe.
In the Working Committee meeting on February 28, India's concluded tours of South Africa and New Zealand will be scrutinised, also the positions of Dhoni and Fletcher.
It may not be fair to put Fletcher on the guillotine because a coach doesn't take the field. However, in modern day cricket coaches are meant to formulate strategies, which Fletcher has failed to implement. Now the onus is on the board to take a right decision keeping the future of Indian cricket in mind.