[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndian national cricket captain Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives of players on full overseas tours.
Earlier this year, the BCCI had announced that wives and girlfriends of cricketers will be allowed to stay with their partners for two weeks while the team is touring overseas.
On 30 January 2017, The Supreme Court nominated a four-member panel Committee of Administrators (CoA) to look after the administrative duties of BCCI until the fresh elections are called. The panel is headed by Vinod Rai.
Indian Express’ sources informed that the CoA has asked Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam to make a formal request to change the rule. Since this will require a shift in the BCCI’s stance, the CoA is expected to postpone the decision to a time when the new BCCI body will be in place.
“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 the Indian Express.
Reacting to the same, CoA sources told ANI, “Yes, Virat has requested but we are not going to take any decision soon. We have said that we will leave it to the new office bearers. The policy will not change now.”
Currently, the Indian team is involved in a home series against West Indies which includes two Test matches, three T20Is and five ODI’s.
After ongoing home series against West Indies, the Indian team’s next overseas tour for Australia will start from November 21 this year.
(With inputs from ANI)