The wives and girlfriends of Indian cricketers have often come under severe flak whenever the team fares poorly in an overseas tournament. Considering this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India usually sticks to a 'no-WAGs policy' on tours.
Now, Mumbai mirror, quoting a source, has reported that BCCI, which at earlier refused to allow WAGs for the first three Tests against England, is set to allow them to stay with the players for a period of 14 days, but only two weeks after the start of a tour. The BCCI reportedly did not want to fix a specified slot for WAGs for a 45-day tour.
The last time India toured England in 2014, they were thrashed 1-4 by the hosts and the Board had decided that there would be restrictions on the number of days WAGs spent with players on a foreign tour.
Anushka Sharma, who had been Virat Kohli’s girlfriend at the time, was heavily criticised for Kohli’s dismal show against Australia in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
India will meet England in a five-match Test series starting from August 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.