The BCCI on Friday rubbished a report that it had 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.

“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 in a national daily.

Patel, however, said the Board would talk to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Fletcher over the recent poor display of the squad in South Africa and New Zealand.

“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,” informed Patel.

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