Unfortunate with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) strategy of not permitting wives to stay with their cricketer husbands on abroad tours for over 2 weeks, Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli had advocated the board to change the decision and permit them to stay for the complete course.
After a couple of weeks of contemplation on the topic, Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to permit the WAGs stay for the full course of the campaign, barring the first 10 days.
It’s been around 15 days ever sinceKohli made the appeal to Board of Control for Cricket in India, demanding the wives and lady loves of cricket players, coaches and support staff to escort them on tours outside the country and even though, it doesn’t appear that the BCCI was in full support of the request at first, the wish has currently been allotted.
According to the report, the only modification with what Virat had demanded is that the WAGs can only fly after 10 days have passed ever since the tour commenced and not before that. The verdict was announced in aid of the players as the CoA considers that WAGs attendance will only generate a positive ambiance within the squad and will offer an intelligent support arrangement.
Cricket Australia had also showcased a related rule in the year 2015 when their chief executive officer James Sutherland had permitted WAGs to give company to the players in spite of their attendance being stated as one of the causes behind Australia’s downfall in the Ashes series back then.
The similar decision was taken by the CoA in a convention with captain Kohli, head trainer Ravi Shastri and limited-overs vice-skipper Rohit Sharma prior to the commencement of the second Test between India and West Indies.
Even expert Indian cricket player Gautam Gambhir had recently stated that it’s up to the players whether they wish their wives to stay for the entire trip or not and the Board of Control for Cricket in India should permit it for as long as the players are doing.
Gambhir had stated, “It depends on individuals and players to decide if they want wives for the entire tour or no. If they are performing well, then nothing should stop them.”