The aftermath: BCCI restricts company of wives, says no to girlfriends on tours

After England drubbing, board says it will decide how long wives of players can stay with the team.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: August 21, 2014 2:19 pm
Virat Kohli had been allowed to take his girlfriend Anushka on England tour Virat Kohli had been allowed to take his girlfriend Anushka on England tour

In England, while they slumped to a humbling 3-1 Test series defeat, India’s slip fielders dropped every second catch that came their way, and their top two batsmen were dismissed the same way on almost every occasion. The repercussions of that will be felt now by the players’ wives and girlfriends.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now decided that girlfriends will no longer be allowed on tour and there will also be restrictions on the duration of the wives’ stay.

Virat Kohli, who has come under severe criticism for his repeated failures in the Test series, had been given clearance by the board to take his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, along for the England tour.

A top BCCI official said the board will now decide how long cricketers’ wives will get to stay with their husbands during overseas tours.

“The England tour has been an eye-opener for everyone. From whatever information we have gathered, it’s been seen that even if players wanted to focus on their cricket, their wives were being a big distraction. When some wanted to go to the gym or do nets, they couldn’t do so because their wives wanted to explore the city. So we have planned that after this England series, we will curb the number of days the wives spend with their husbands on tour,” the official told The Indian Express.

Previously, the players would have to apply for permission from the board to allow their spouses or girlfriends to travel along with them. Some players do book separate rooms for the wives but it ends up being the BCCI’s responsibility to make sure they are provided with proper seating arrangements at the stadium.

But post-England, the players will be at the BCCI’s behest when it comes to making travel plans with their wives while a tour is on. In a way, the Indian board will be following the precedent set by Cricket Australia and the England & Wales Cricket Board, who generally fix a slot during a long tour where the players’ WAGs can join them.

“These are some of the issues we wanted to address to see that the Indian team gets back on track. Whatever happened has happened, we want our boys to be more focused on their cricket from hereon,” the source added.

For the England tour, the BCCI had granted permission to Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny and Gautam Gambhir to bring their wives along. This is in addition to the consent given to Kohli.

But not only did India fare poorly towards the latter half of the series, the team was also criticised heavily for displaying a lack of professionalism and team ethic.

Experts like former India captain Sunil Gavaskar even questioned on national television the discipline of some of the players during the tour, claiming, “If you do not want to be playing Test cricket for India, quit.”

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First Published on: August 21, 2014 2:45 am
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    raj
    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:09 am
    justing ahunag basu 14 lakhs to uk vizag must wach al hayat regency
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      Jay
      Aug 21, 2014 at 7:44 am
      If you didn't notice, India lost the series.And Gambhir was calm? LOL. I've never seen a more nervous cricketer than what Gambhir was on this tour
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        Critical thinker
        Aug 21, 2014 at 7:50 am
        I think the statement " we want our boys to be more focused on their cricket from hereon" sums the BCCIs position up nicely. These are not boys but men, so treat them accordingly. One of the reasons the Indian team did so well under Gary Kirsten was because he gave responsibility for training and performance to the players themselves
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          anil chejara
          Aug 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm
          Also I meant when KKR won IPL in 2012 first time not in 2014. I am sorry for any miscommunication.
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            anil chejara
            Aug 21, 2014 at 4:14 am
            Stop drawing stupid conclusion and focus on real problems. If India would won this series then article would have said."Their otherhalf motivated them to keep fighting just like when KKR won IPL, Gambhir praised his wife for helping him in the process and keeping him calm".
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              anil chejara
              Aug 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm
              Yes, I agree with you that India lost series. but if you see the team failed collectively in the series. You can see players with no WAG around also didn't perform very well. There was lack of resilience and commitment the way all team performed. We should look for concrete reasons for this performance rather solely blame their WAG for all the failure. Thanks.!
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                ahett
                Aug 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm
                Is this the first time this has happened ? Why was the lesson not learnt from the Australians ? The player BCCI and everyone around are alike, just jokers ....
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                  Ripple
                  Aug 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm
                  Oops. Handled. I just corrected it now.
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                    Ripple
                    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:10 am
                    Women and Money should be handled in the right way. Else it will be a disaster for anyone.
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                      DSFL10
                      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:54 am
                      If players don't perform then bring on new players? All we need is tough policies and stick to it.
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                        Ed
                        Aug 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm
                        All these youngsters had they been seen serious would not have taken their wives along. Goes to prove how much IPL has diluted their ability to focus. These small town boys cannot handle fame or fortune. They need to be guided and tutored how to better manage their professional lives
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                          dj
                          Aug 21, 2014 at 11:22 am
                          USED?????............u need to be in rehab
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                            leighsydneychina
                            Aug 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm
                            What the are you talking about? Let his ry be cut because he didn't perform, but don't blame the wives and girlfriends. The BCCI doesn't pay their way. If a player wants to take his wife or girl with him, so what? Don't blame them, blame the players who are spoiled brats of the cricket world.Now, the other part. " Your argument does not augur for zero performances " That makes no sense at all. The future of zero performances? If there are zero performances in the future, and there are no women, who will you blame then?"Don't you earn anything for living". This is, again, inane. Do you actually understand English, or words? This is rubbish. And, it has nothing to do with the reporting above. Please,, pull your head out of your backside.
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                              leighsydneychina
                              Aug 22, 2014 at 2:24 am
                              Yes, get rid of the WAGS. It has nothing to do with the players at all, it is the women. Typically Indian response to the inadequacy of their men. Blame the women. Wives are a distraction? I thought (and most non misogynistic countries agree) that wives and girlfriends are a stabilizing influence in long tours. Maybe the BCCI is missing it's cut from the nightclub girls. Seriously though, men will seek out women. It is natural. Would you prefer that they go out and find whomever they can?The BCCI has once again shown its absolute stupidity.
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                                Chazuka
                                Dec 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm
                                If your cat is playing cricket it would explain why you have a rat problem.
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                                  Sakura
                                  Aug 28, 2014 at 6:36 am
                                  These people are adults right? They can responsibly take their own decisions. You can't hide behind wives and girlfriends for your own bad perfomance. You pla badly, take the blame and practice harder. That's it. Seriously stop being so cowardly and blame it on them! If they wanted to explore the city, fine talk to them tell them why you can't tag along. In most cases I'm sure they won't insist knowing its for the team. Your wives and girlfriends are adult human beings, treat them like like that! Unlike what the media keeps hammering into society everyday, they aren't crazy and childish. They understand responsibility and national interest as much as any other human being. Seriously! Stop being so cowardly. If anything wives and girlfriends provide emotional support! So suck it up and practice harder, these players have no one to blame but themselves. hka wasn't holding the bat, virat was
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                                    Akash Kumar
                                    Aug 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm
                                    haha!! what the BCCI is doing.ya you cant permit GFs but wives man they are going to suffer more.its better to remove the players than enforcing this maniac rule.give more chance to others.
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                                      pravin shah
                                      Aug 21, 2014 at 2:47 am
                                      lol , joru ke ghulam
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                                        venky
                                        Aug 21, 2014 at 2:45 am
                                        The point is, why there needs to be a failure to bring out such rules? Today half of the team brought their spouses, I am sure that had India performed well, there would have been no restrictions and next time onwards, the entire team will bring their wives. Issue is about commitment levels. Here I quote Rahul Dravid, who was as committed to the nation and team as you can demand of him. Unfortunately cricket has become just a "job" for these guys. I don't want to see the colors of the strictness change even if India performs better.
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                                          saaireddi
                                          Aug 21, 2014 at 7:25 am
                                          cheeee
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                                            saaireddi
                                            Aug 21, 2014 at 7:24 am
                                            kim sharma ,nagma, and hka sharma are responsable for yuvraj, gangualy and virat respectively
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