Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives with the team for the full duration on overseas tours. BCCI had asked wives to leave after the two Tests against England recently. They are allowed only for two weeks maximum with the team, as per BCCI's current policy.
Kohli first raised the topic with a top BCCI official and then the matter was forwarded to Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.
CoA has asked Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam to take a call. However, the change the decision won't be taken anytime soon.
“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 traveling 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 said.
Going on cricketing tours with WAGs has always been a topic of debate. BCCI has often shown their strictness on the matter. After the 3-1 defeat against England in 2014, BCCI restricted girlfriends on tour and there was a restriction on the duration of the wives’ stay.
Virat was under fire at that time after his poor performance. Earlier at that time, he was given clearance by the board to take his then-girlfriend (now wife), Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, along for the England tour.