BCCI to Dhoni: Give us a plan to win 2015 World Cup

FP Sports, Dec, 28 2012

India’s cricket selectors have asked captain MS Dhoni to draw up a blueprint to win the 2015 World Cup, according to a report by NDTV. The channel says on its website that the selectors have conveyed their disappointment about losing the recent home Test series to England and have asked Dhoni to produce a plan for winning the next World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Dhoni has also been asked to identify the players that he thinks could or should be part of the team in three years time. NDTV also cites sources saying Dhoni is not assured of being the Test captain for the home series against Australia that starts in February. His retention will depend on how India does in the one-day series against Pakistan and England.

Coach Duncan Fletcher and Indian captain MS Dhoni have both been heavily criticised recently. AP

Dhoni’s captaincy has come in for plenty of criticism since India’s capitulation to England in England last summer. India were the no 1 ranked Test team at the time, but lost that series 0-4. While India beat the West Indies 2-0 at home in a three-Test series, they were then whitewashed by Australia in Australia as well. So comprehensive was Australia’s domination, that India lost the third Test in Perth in less than three days.

At the time, Dhoni and the team management said India would return the favour when England and Australia came to India. However, England’s first series win in India in 28 years – they won the four Test series 2-1 – have left the board and the captain scrambling for answers and precipitated the current course of events.

Duncan Fletcher, India's coach, is also reportedly on the way out, with the board not planning to renew his contract next year, the channel states.

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Published Date: Dec 28, 2012 | Updated Date: Dec 28, 2012

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115