Indian cricket rocked by massive World Cup WAGs scandal

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Indian cricket has been rocked by reports a senior player flouted the team’s rules around wives and girlfriends at the World Cup.

One day after controversy erupted over the decision to hand Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri - not the BCCI - the right to decide how much time the players spend with WAGs on overseas tours, fresh drama has engulfed Indian cricket.

According to the Times of India, a senior member of the team is being investigated after he spent the entire seven-week World Cup with his partner.

The team had imposed a window of just 15 days for players to spend with WAGs.

Indian cricket has been rocked by scandal. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The player reportedly requested for an exemption to that rule so he could spend more time with his partner, but that was denied.

The Times of India cited documents that showed the player had made the request but was denied.

"The same player in question, who was categorically denied permission during May 3 meeting, violated the 15-day rule during the World Cup,” an unnamed BCCI official reportedly told the Times.

India divided over WAGs decision

The BCCI was left stunned on Friday after a court-appointed committee decided Kohli and Shastri could decide how long wives and girlfriends spend with the players on future tours.

The wives of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are permanent fixtures during tours – albeit during pre-determined windows.

A number of the Indian players' partners look on during a Test match against England in 2018. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However that appears to be a thing of the past after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators handed full control to the team’s captain and coach.

A senior BCCI official said that the decision was “a clear case of conflict of interest”.

"The essence of conflict of interest is that when you are taking a decision of which you are yourself a beneficiary, that is conflict,” they told Indian publication IANS.

“I think the CoA is like an unfettered entity which has moved away from any limitations it may have originally perceived on account of the Supreme Court order on the Lodha Committee report.”