Born September 27, 1948, Duncan Fletcher or Duncan Andrew Gwynne Fletcher was the first Zimbabwe captain. He was also the coach of England and India, and considered to be the man who played the most vital in the progress of English cricket team in early 21st century.
Fletcher hailed from a family of sport persons. His brother Allan Fletcher played First-Class matches for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and sister Ann-Mary Gwynne Grant was the captain of Zimbabwe women’s hockey team which won a gold medal in 1980 Moscow Olympics (the first gold medal in the history of Zimbabwe).
In 1969, Duncan Fletcher made his First Class Cricket Debut. In his first class career, he played 111 matches scoring 4095 runs and taking 215 wickets as well.
On Jun 9, 1983 he made his ODI match Debut in match between Australia v Zimbabwe at Nottingham. In that match he scored unbeaten 69 runs and took 4 wickets to beat Australia in that world cup match. He played 6 ODIs matches scoring 191 runs at an average of 47.75. Not only this, he has also taken 7 wickets with best of 4/42.
Fletcher retired from playing cricket after the home series in 1984-85. Post retirement he tried few Government Jobs and further moved to the Treasury Company Bureau, where he played an important role in identifying the number-plate in cases of hit and run. He came to limelight after becoming the first foreigner coach of England in 1999. He coach England cricket team from 1999–2007. The highlight of his coaching career was when England won the Ashes in 2005 from Australia.
He also helped England to clinch CB Series in Australia. He resigned after England world cup loss.
Throughout his cricketing career, whether as player or coach, Fletcher was recognised with several awards. He was first awarded in 1975 as South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year for his performance in that season, where he took 33 wickets from 9 matches at 18.69. When England sealed the series against New Zealand by 3-0 following with West Indies by 4-0 in their soil, Fletcher was inducted into Britain’s Coaching Hall of Fame as they won seven consecutive Tests.
After England regained the Ashes in 2005, he was honoured with Order of British Empire, following with John Bromley Medal for the Male Coach of the Year.