Following India captain Virat Kohli’s request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to extend the stay of wives and girlfriends (WAG) during the team’s tours abroad, BCCI has finally made a decision. However, they are not in a mood to bring any change in the already existing policy.
Currently Indian cricketers can be accompanied by their wives or girlfriends during the overseas tours, but that’s only for a limited period of two weeks. For example. Kohli too was accompanied by his wife Anushka Sharma in parts of the international tours, with the actress being present in both South Africa and England tours this year.
But Kohli wanted to keep his wife with him longer, for the entirety of the tour if possible, and hence he put forward a request to the BCCI so that the players can keep their wives or girlfriens for the entire length of the tours.
As a result, the matter on Friday was discussed between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Team India members. However, the CoA wants to follow the policy and rules set by the Cricket Australia which works with the Australian Cricket Association and frames out a small period for the families, during which the family members can stay with the players during an overseas tournament.
As per a report in the Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI is not willing to change the set rules, as they are of the opinion that with the World Cup 2019 just months ahead, this is not the suitable time to bring about any such big changes.
A certain example of Cricket Boards allowing WAGs during World Cups is the Australia/New Zealand boards allowing the family members, but only after the semi-finals. And this same policy is set to be applied during the upcoming WC in England.