Team India’s support system: WAGs can now travel on tour after first ten days

Virat Kohli with wife Anushka SharmaVirat Kohli with wife Anushka Sharma (photo credit: India TV)

The wives and girlfriends of the Indian cricket team players can now travel with them on tour after the first ten days

Indian cricket team players will no longer be kept away from their ‘better halves’. The wives and girlfriends have now been allowed to accompany their partners on tour; however, the ladies can join only after the first ten days.

Discontent with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) policy of not allowing wives and girlfriends to stay with players on overseas tours for more than two weeks, Indian cricket stalwart Virat Kohli had urged BCCI to alter the ruling and let them stay for the full course. After a couple of weeks of contemplation on the subject, Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to let the WAGs stay for the full course of the campaign, after the first ten days.

Earlier instance

Cricket Australia had also introduced a similar rule in 2015 when their CEO James Sutherland had allowed WAGs to give company to the players despite their presence being stated as one of the reasons behind Australia’s downfall in the Ashes series back then.

The same was decided by the CoA in a meeting with skipper Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma ahead of the start of the second Test between India and West Indies.

A step in the right direction

The only alteration with what Kohli had asked for is that the WAGs can only fly after ten days have passed since the tour started and not before that. The decision was taken in support of the players as the CoA believes that WAGs presence will only create a positive atmosphere within the team and will provide an able support system.