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Virat Kohli and India coach to have the power to allow or disallow visits from WAGs on overseas tours

The BCCI had earlier fixed slots for the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of Indian cricketers to visit them on overseas tours, but the decision will now rest with Virat Kohli. The skipper, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni were some cricketers who had their families with them during the World Cup 2019
Virat Kohli and India coach to have the power to allow or disallow visits from WAGs on overseas toursVirat Kohli and India coach to have the power to allow or disallow visits from WAGs on overseas tours
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In a huge change from the policies implemented by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Virat Kohli and the head coach will now have the power to allow or disallow WAGs (wives and girlfriends) to visit cricketers on overseas tours. 

For the first time in Indian history, the captain and the coach will now have a say in this matter. Earlier, the BCCI used to approve visits from WAGs on tours. 

“The issue whether the authority to approve any visits from visitors outside the Visitor Period should vest with the Team India captain and Coach or with BCCI management was discussed. It was noted that the BCCI management had traditionally decided these matters. It was also noted that the BCCI Constitution requires cricketing and non-cricketing matters are to be kept separate,” the CoA  stated.

“After some discussion CoA decided that: (a) The authority to approve any visits from visitors outside the Visitor Period should vest with the Team Captain and Coach, and; (b) This should be reflected in the Family Clause of the Players’ Contracts,” the CoA instructed.

However, only two of the three members in the CoA approved this move. 

"The Indian cricket captain has never had this sort of authority. We don't know what kind of signal it will send. The CoA is appearing very weak in front of the Team India captain by this decision," sources close to the CoA had told CricketNext. 

“The BCCI allows for a reasonable amount of time for the wives and partners of the players to visit on overseas tours. This is done to ensure that focus of the squad is not diverted during the course of a series. The power to make any exception for the player has always vested with BCCI in the past, I don’t see any reason for that to change now."

"This is the prerogative of the Board in all countries and clear guidelines are in place on these matters after discussion with the player representatives. Decision such as these cannot be left to captain.

"Honestly there is no clarity on the rules and regulations hence these interpretations which are changed time and again. I think this will continue till an elected body is in place," Shetty added.

A time period for WAGs to accompany cricketers came into force in 2014, after India's tour of England, where they lost 3-1. The BCCI, by implementing a set time frame for partners to visit their husbands duing a series followed the example of the England Cricket Board and Cricket Australia, who have a fixed slot for visits of WAGs.

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