After analysing India’s pathetic performances in England, the BCCI has come out with the reasons for the poor show. The BCCI has revealed that its decision to allow the Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) to accompany the cricketers in England is the reason behind the players’ poor performance. The BCCI has now strictly enforced a rule that a players’ girlfriend won’t be allowed to accompany the player during overseas tour. For married cricketers, there will be some restrictions on the duration of the wives’ stay. After the poor performance, the team was criticized for lack of professionalism and team ethic. 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.
In the past, the players needed the approval of BCCI to take their WAGs along with them. Players used to book separate rooms for their WAGs and the BCCI has to make sure that they get the right seating arrangement in the stadium. So by this, the BCCI will follow Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board by allotting a separate slot for the WAGs during overseas tours.
The BCCI had allowed R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Stuart Binny, Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir to take their wives along with them and granted consent for Virat Kohli to take his Girlfriend Anuskha Sharma to England, which has been making rounds as the reason for Kohli’s poor performance.