BCCI Finding Managing Issues To Handle The Cricketers’ Family Members In Overseas Tours
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allows the Indian cricketers to travel with their family members for a particular time during the overseas tours. However, the Indian cricket board is now facing some difficulties in this matter.
According to some reports, in the last year, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli requested to the board to allow the WAGs during the overseas tour. In last October, BCCI decided to let the family members of Indian cricketers after the first ten days of an overseas cricket tour.
But recently the board has faced some difficulties in this practice. According to a latest TOI report, the BCCI met some logistic problems during the recently concluded tour in Australia. There were some moments when the numbers of travellers were close to 40, including the players, support staff and family members. Despite arranging two buses, they found difficulties in managing those numbers.
The TOI report further added that the board also tried a ‘family period’ during the overseas tours. In that process, the families visited the players for a particular time.
Logistic issues are a headache for the BCCI
While the Indian cricketers’ spent money on their families’ visiting, BCCI’s main problem remains to the logistical. A BCCI official told TOI that the less number of members could make it easier to manage the off-field arrangements.
The official told TOI, “If the team is travelling with less number of members, it is easier to manage. It’s easy for BCCI staff to make off-field arrangements. Right from booking tickets to rooms, the entire management of handling the arrangement is with BCCI.”
The official believes that the present situation can lead to the logistical nightmare during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. England and Wales are going to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July.
He added, “It would be a logistical nightmare if this arrangement – of families travelling with the players – continues to be there in England for the entire duration of the World Cup.”
The official further clarified that there is no monetary issue, it is only management issues where they are finding difficulties with those big numbers.
He concluded, “It is difficult to manage all of them together. There is also the problem of arranging match tickets for their families. It has to be regulated. This is not a question of money.”
The Indian cricket team is currently in New Zealand tour. Their next overseas cricket tour will be in England where they will play the 2019 CWC. It will be interesting to see whether the BCCI immediately gives a serious look on this matter or not.
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