With the recent reports (from TOI), of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not allowing Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) of Indian cricketers to accompany them during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ironically commencing on Valentine’s Day, makes minds ponder on the implication of women in her man’s life.
While reasoning it as a source of “distraction” for their respective spouses, the point that got missed here is that these “players” are young and “responsible” men who represent their country at the grandest stage of them all. Nevertheless, the women can also have a tranquillizing influence on their partners who are away during the intense one and a half month long tournament.
After pulling together a lot of criticism for his struggle with the bat in England last year, supposedly caused due to the “distraction” by his relationship with actor girlfriend Anushka Sharma, the tempestuous Virat Kohli gave it back to all critics by scoring a flabbergasting 639 runs from seven innings in the Test Series against Australia, surpassing legends like Rahul Dravid’s 619 from eight innings accompanied by the much talked about ‘flying kiss’ to the actress.
Not only this, there have been instances of wives standing in the crowd, cheering for their husbands and supporting them for hours together even in the past and it is very common especially the teams from outside the sub-continent. We see numerous occasions when wives and girlfriends, the WAGs, come to watch their men play and it need not always have a negative impact of the game of the player.
One can only hope that there is some welcoming change in the outlook of the officials, which is seriously needed in this situation. It should be to stop treating our World Cup squad as school kids and let them take the responsibility of their careers and the expectations of their fans willingly and not to be forced into being confined into boundaries against their will.