The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has accepted the Virat Kohli’s request on behalf of his team. Players will now be allowed to take their wives or girlfriends (WAG) on international tours.
BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) while accepting to the change in policy have ruled that cricketers’ wives and girlfriends will be allowed to join them on tours after the first 10 days and be allowed to stay for the length of the tour, national daily Hindustan Times has reported.
However, wives and girlfriends will only be able to join the players on tour 10 days after the team’s departure.
According to reports earlier this month, Kohli requested the BCCI to relax the rules which allowed family members and WAGs of India cricketers to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad.
The Committee of Administrators along with BCCI selectors met Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma in Hyderabad last week to discuss the matter among the host of others including team India’s performance this year.
Some media reports suggest that CoA arrived at the conclusion that the presence of wives and girlfriends on tour would help create a better support system for the cricketers on long tours.
While opinion has been divided across the world over allowing wives and children to accompany teams during major tours, Mumbai Mirror has reported that BCCI is likely to take cues from its Australian counterpart and set a ‘family period’ for the WAGs.
Cricket Australia, unlike other cricket boards that restrict families on tours, works with the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and finalises a certain period for the family members. This is called the family period where families come and visit the players for a set period of time, the duration of which varies from tour to tour.
Other reports suggest that BCCI, keeping in mind the best interest of the Indian cricket, is not hurrying into a decision bearing in mind the possibility that too much family time can influence practice time on tour.