BCCI’s new ruling – The BCCI has decided to restrain wives and girlfriends of the Indian team from the team camp for the upcoming five match test series against England. After accompanying their husbands and boyfriends for the T20 and ODI series and even visiting the stadiums for India’s matches, each player’s partner will have to stay away for the next month. The decision is said to have come after India’s slump in form over the last two ODIs which saw them lose the series.
BCCI’s new ruling is said to have come to ensure the players remain focused on the game. On occasions, partners have been accused of the players’ bad form and this is what has lead the BCCI to take out this new rule. With the five match test series India’s biggest test in the longest format of the game in over a year, the BCCI is taking every step to ensure that there are no slip-ups in the team’s preparations, hence BCCI’s new ruling.
“We’ve had four days of rest before settling down for the serious task ahead. The players had moved out with spouses, friends and relatives and on Monday we will leave for Chelmsford,” a team source was quoted.
Player’s have been allowed to take their partners on tours with them over the years. However media reports have often targeted the players’ wives and girlfriends when the team fails to perform upto the expected standards which has prompted the BCCI to take this step. The Indian team’s performance over the five matches will be crucial in deciding the fate of their partners accompanying them in future tours.
Many of the team players were meanwhile seen enjoying their break after the ODI series with their partners in UK. Shikhar Dhawan’s wife and Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma were seem enjoying the country together, posting pictures of their outings on social media. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni have also been accompanied by their wives on the tour.
The break finally ended with the Indian team travelling to Chelmsford for a three day practice match against Essex before the first match on 1 August.