After sidelining the Duncan Fletcher-led support staff of the Indian team on the dismal tour of England which resulted in a 1-3 loss, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly set to put curbs on the player’s company of wives and girlfriends on overseas tours.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the BCCI has taken a decision to put restrictions on the time spent by player’s wives on foreign tours and no girlfriends will be allowed on tour.
Virat Kohli, who is going through the worst phase of his Test cricket after registering just 134 runs in 10 innings in England, had been given clearance by the board to bring along his girlfriend Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma to England.
According to a board official, the BCCI is going to take a call on the duration of stay of player’s wives while on overseas duty.
The players are used to seeking clearances from the board to allow their spouses or girlfriends to travel with them on tours. Even if players book separate rooms for the wives, it is the board who has to take care of the favourable seating arrangements in the stadium.
It is likely that the BCCI will follow Cricket Australia and ECB’s stance on WAGs as they have a stipulated time slot when the player’s family can join them on a big away tour.
In addition to Kohli’s request for Anushka, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny and Gautam Gambhir were given permission from the BCCI to bring their wives along.
As it turned out, the players’ performance was woeful and the entire team was slammed for lack of fighting spirit and professionalism. However, one can only wait and watch if such curbs by the Board will bring the best out of the cricketers.