Putting aside all the speculations, Committee of Administrators’ member Diana Edulji has denied all the reports around Wives and Girlfriends of Team India cricketers being allowed on overseas tours. On Wednesday, the reports had emerged that BCCI had agreed to India captain Virat Kohli’s request to allow the WAGs to accompany their better halves on international assignments but only 10 days after the tour begins. Also Read - Wriddhiman Saha Recovers From Covid-19, To Join Team On May 24
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“No decision. More opinion will be taken. May take some more time. All news floating around is false”: Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji. Also Read - BCCI Paying For Quarantine of Australian IPL Players in Sydney: Cricket Australia
Earlier, the Indian skipper made a special request to a top board official to allow WAGs to accompany them on away tours. It was learnt that through an anonymous report in TOI that BCCI took the decision in support of the players as the CoA believes that WAGs presence will only create a positive atmosphere within the team.
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But, the latest statement by Supreme Court-appointed CoA has cleared the air around the matter.
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.
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.