NEW DELHI: Captain Virat Kohli will have to wait to know on his request made to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives and girlfriends of the players to accompany them for the entire duration of an overseas tour.
Based on the current policy, the players’ partners are allowed to be part of the team only for 14 days. Recently Kohli had asked the BCCI to bring change in the existing policy.
The matter came up during a recent forward planning meet between the Indian team management and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).
“We are waiting to get a broader view on the issue, currently the board hasn’t taken any decision on this. At present, the current policy of the board remains the same. We can’t change a policy by overnight”, said Diana Edulji, the Committee of Administrators member in a statement.
A media report claimed that the COA had accepted 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.
In the view of the COA, the presence of Wives and girlfriends can only bolster the performance of the players on long overseas tours. To see things from the player’s perspective, COA met Kohli, Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma before the second Test versus West Indies in Hyderabad.