Fletcher will miss the world champions’ ??game against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday in Perth, but is in line to return for the table-topping tie against West Indies on March 6.??
A spokesman for the India team said: “Duncan has left for Cape Town to attend the funeral of his father-in-law.”
This is the second time in two years Fletcher has had to leave a tournament prematurely due to a family bereavement.
In the 2013 Champions Trophy, he flew to Cape Town from England following the death of his mother.??
India will be without Mohammed Shami,??their leading wicket taker at the tournament, this weekend due to a knee injury.