A bizarre war is brewing in Indian cricket over how much time the players can spend with their partners while on tour.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been left stunned after a court-appointed committee decided Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri could decide how long wives and girlfriends spend with the players while overseas.
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Previously, the BCCI has had full control of the travel schedule of WAGs, usually demanding the players spend large chunks of tours by themselves, before allowing partners to join.
During the recent World Cup in England, wives and girlfriends weren’t allowed for the first 20 days after departure from India, before being given a 15-day period to spend with the players.
The wives of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are permanent fixtures during tours – albeit during pre-determined windows.
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.
BCCI left fuming
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.”
Another official added: "Some of the recent decisions of the CoA clearly shows that they feel they are above the apex court because certain decisions they have taken can only be taken by the honourable court."