Duncan Fletcher was on Wednesday appointed India's cricket coach to replace the highly successful Gary Kirsten, ending weeks of suspense on who will take over the high-profile job. The 62-year-old Zimbabwean, a coached England with mixed results from 1999 to 2007, will take over the job for a two-year period. The decision to appoint Fletcher, whose name was doing the rounds as a possible successor to Kirsten, was taken at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Mumbai. The announcement came as a surprise as the BCCI had given no indication that it would name the coach on Wendesday itself. "The contract with Fletcher is for two years. He may not join the team in the West Indies as he has some prior commitments," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting.