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India discard Gautam Gambhir has expressed his views on issue of players’ wives being allowed for entire duration of an overseas tour.
The Indian cricketing fraternity has been divided in two parts ever since reports emerged that India skipper Virat Kohli requested the BCCI to allow the players’ wives to stay with the team for the entire duration of the tour. The board has not taken a decision on the request it. However, reports suggest that Committee of Administrators (CoA) is going to have a serious discussion on it in the coming day.
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The current rule allows the wives to accompany the team for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad. Previously the policy was to allow WAGs to be with the players for one of the formats in a long tour.
Speaking on the issue, Gautam Gambhir said that family presence on tour works for some players but it may not for another.
“The player opinion varies. Only an individual can say because the individual has to play a Test match. Some want family to be there for the whole tour. While others want little family time and they try to concentrate (on cricket),” Gambhir told India Today.
“Whatever the decision, it should be taken in the best interest of Indian cricket,” Gambhir added.
Recently, Anushka Sharma, Kohli’s wife, had faced the heat after accompanying the team members and support staff with officials of the Indian High Commission in London. Anushka featured in a picture, standing next to Kohli. However, her presence did not go down well with the fans who were clueless as to why she was being allowed to travel with the team in the first place.
Anushka was the only star wife who was still accompanying her partner on the tour.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that the BCCI will not take a decision on Kohli’s in a haste. India’s next overseas tour is the full-fledged series in Australia, starting in November. After that the team will fly out to New Zealand for a limited-overs series.