Captain Virat Kohli requests BCCI to change rule, allow players' wives to stay for full overseas tour

NEW DELHI: After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had restricted the stay of wives of players and support staff to just two weeks before the start of the England Test series, Indian captain Virat Kohli has requested for a change in the rule. Kohli has requested the board to allow the wives of the players to accompany them on all overseas tours for the full duration, as per a report in media.

The matter has been long debated whether players' wives should be allowed on overseas tours with the players. As per a report in The Indian Express, Kohli first approached a top BCCI official with the issue and in turn, was assured that his message will be conveyed to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The current policy allows the wives of players and support staff to stay with them for only two weeks on overseas tours irrespective of the duration of the tour.

Sunil Subramaniam, the Indian team manager has been asked to submit a formal request for a change in the rule by the CoA, however, a decision is not expected anytime soon. The board will have to change its stance in case of a rule change which is why the CoA is likely to postpone the decision for now.

"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 a media report.

Anushka's presence in an Indian team picture at an event hosted at the UK High Commission during India's tour of UK had went viral with the fans slamming the board for allowing the actress and captain's wife to pose with the team while none of the family members of any other players were to be seen in the picture. A BCCI official had later clarified that all players were invited with their partners and it was the decision of the individuals.

"This is the norm wherever the team travels. The High Commission invites the players with their relatives and it is eventually the decision of the individuals. Even in London, the players were invited along with their partners. There has been no breach of any protocol," a BCCI official told media.


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