WAGs: The great debate in Indian cricket

first_imgThe current rule allows wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of India cricketers to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad. Previously the policy was to allow WAGs to be with the players for one of the formats in a long tour.Since Virat Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December last year, there has been a slight change in the policy. The wives are now seen accompanying their cricketer husbands on overseas tours regularly.India captain Virat Kohli now wants the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to tweak its WAGs policy and allow the wives of the players to accompany them for the entire duration of an overseas tours.In January, the cricketers were allowed to take their wives to South Africa while they were also spotted during the Nidahas Trophy in March in Sri Lanka.The likes of Anushka Sharma, Ritika Sajdeh, Ayesha Mukherjee and other star wives accompanied the players during India’s tour of England as well.In England, they were in fact seen cheering for their superstar husbands from the stands during the limited-overs matches. However, the wives were asked to part ways with their husbands in the middle of the England tour in August.Throughout the English summer, Kohli and Anushka were spotted going out for long walks and enjoying their coffee. The celebrity couple rarely get to enjoy the simple pleasures of live in India but they do make the most of any time off away from the country.advertisementAlso Read – BCCI likely to allow ‘family periods’ for WAGs on tours after Virat Kohli’s requestBut despite the rule, Kohli’s wife Anushka was seen travelling with the team throughout their tour in England.The Bollywood actress was even slammed on social media after she appeared in the Indian team’s picture at the High Commission event in London during the tour.Her presence raised eyebrows among Indian fans who were clueless as to why she was being allowed to travel with the team despite the BCCI asking the wives to join the camp only after the third Test in England.India are currently hosting West Indies in a full-fledged tour. India whitewashed West Indies in the two-match Test series and will now take on them in five one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals later this month.The debate whether having WAGs on tour strengthens players’ support system or works as a distraction has been a long-standing one in cricket.India’s next overseas assignment will be a two-month long tour of Australia starting November.Read – BCCI still undecided on Virat Kohli’s request to allow WAGs on toursBCCI is yet to make a decision on the request made by Kohli.”We have heard what all concerned have to say. There has been no decision taken on the matter,” Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji told India Today.A media report claimed the CoA had largely acceded to Kohli’s request by giving a green signal for wives to accompany the players after first ten days of an overseas tour.However, Edulji denied such claims by saying, “That’s absolutely incorrect. Only a suggestion has been given to us. We haven’t decided anything yet.”Read – Kohli wants WAGS on tour; Gambhir says works for some players, not for othersGautam Gambhir recently told India Today that it works differently for different players. “Some want the family to be there for the whole tour while others want little family time and they try to concentrate (on cricket).”In the past, WAGs have been trolled after Indian cricket teams performed poorly overseas. The 14-day rule is perhaps to guard against such unfair criticism in case things do not go according to plan.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.last_img

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