As per the latest reports in TOI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to the request of Indian captain Virat Kohli to allow the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the Indian cricket team on overseas assignments. In a decision made by the Supremer Court appointed – Committee of Administrators (CoA), WAGs will be allowed to join their partners during the tours after the first 10 days and can stay for the remaining duration. Also Read - Wicketkeepers Need to be Given More Consistent Run in Indian Cricket Team: Parthiv Patel
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Earlier, the Indian skipper made a special request to a top board official to allow cricketers’ wives and girlfriends (WAGs) to accompany them on away tours. Also Read - Cricket Australia Writes Letter Requesting to Host T20 World Cup in 2021: Reports
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 for the players.
In 2015, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland had also introduced a similar rule when he allowed WAGs to accompany the players during overseas tours. However, Sutherland drew massive criticism for his decision as Kangaroos’ lost the then Ashes series and their performance was put under the scanner.
Currently hosting West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals till November 11, Team India’s next overseas assignment is against Australia. Kohli’s men will play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs in Down Under, the first T20I is scheduled to be played on November 21.
Earlier this year, the BCCI had decided that the wives and girlfriends will be allowed to be with their partners for a period of 14 days on overseas tours. Before this policy, the BCCI had adhered to a no-WAGs policy on tours.