Indian captain Virat Kohli has reportedly requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives of the players to accompany them on full overseas tours.
“The request was made a few weeks back but as it is a BCCI policy decision, the manager will have to submit a formal request first. Anushka has been travelling with Kohli overseas, however, Kohli now wants the old rule to be abolished and a new policy should come up where wives should be allowed to travel with the Indian team,” a source was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
As per the current rule, the BCCI allows the WAGs of India’s cricketers to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad.
However, Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma stayed back for the entire tour of England and this has once again ignited debates over this issue.
The cricketers’ wives which included Anushka, Sakshi Dhoni, Ritika Sajdeh (Rohit Sharma’s wife), Ayesha Mukherjee (Shikhar Dhawan’s spouse) and others were present during the limited-overs leg between England and India, but only Anushka stayed back for the Test series.
The ball is now in the court of the CoA and they have asked the Indian team manager to submit formal request after a BCCI official too approached them on the issue.
Reacting to captain Virat Kohli’s request to allow wives of cricketers to stay for the entire duration of India’s overseas tours, sources in the Supreme-Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Sunday told ANI that the committee is not going to take any immediate decision on the request.
“Yes he (Virat) had requested, but we are not going to take any decision soon. We have said that we will leave it to the new office bearers. The policy will not change now,” ANI said in its tweet quoting sources in the CoA.
CoA’s reply came after media reports said Kohli has put forth a request before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives of players to extend their stay during overseas tours.
Earlier this year, the BCCI had announced that wives and girlfriends of cricketers will be allowed to stay with their partners for a duration of two weeks while the team is touring overseas.
According to reports, CoA has also asked Indian cricket team manager to make a formal request to change the rule.