‘Authorising the Indian captain to decide WAGs family time could create internal discord’

first_img‘Authorising the Indian captain to decide WAGs family time could create internal discord’The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have decided that the Indian captain and coach would be the deciding authority on players’ requests relating to their families or WAGs visiting them outside the Visitor Period.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 11:34 IST BCCI has nominated the Indian captain and coach to decide upon how much time the families and girlfriends of players spend with the side on tours (@sakhshisingh_r)In an unusual policy change, the BCCI has authorized the Indian captain and coach to decide upon specific player requests for extra family time for WAGS on tour.A decision to this effect was taken by Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA). 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, read minutes of a meeting held on May 21st.Over the years it has been the BCCI dispensation that has framed a uniform visiting window for players’ WAGS to be on tour. During the recently concluded World Cup, players’ families were given a fifteen-day window after the first 20 days of departure from India.Many in the cricket ecosystem foresee such a policy move creating internal discord within the team. “It takes a lot of effort in forging team spirit within the side. Authorizing the captain to entertain or disallow specific requests from fellow players can create unnecessary disharmony. A captain or coach may disallow a request during a preparatory period of the series but the player may take offense to it if another request is entertained later in the tour. These guidelines need to be in the hands of BCCI, not the team management,” a senior player told India Today on condition of anonymity.A similar incident happened during the World Cup with a senior player but on the said occasion, it was the BCCI that rejected the request. “The COA discussed that one of the players from the men’s senior team had made a request for permission for his wife to accompany him to the World Cup earlier than otherwise permissible. The COA was informed the matter is being discussed with the concerned player and that it may not be advisable to grant this request. After some discussion, the CoA decided that it will not accede to the above request from the concerned player,” read the minutes of a COA meeting.advertisementExperts also reckon a decision of this nature could potentially hurt player-coach relationship too. “What was the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble breakdown about? One point of disagreement was on practice schedules and personal time. It’s ok if when a Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are on the same page on such issues but in future, captain and coach could think differently on family time even though both would have best interests of the team at heart,” pointed out a BCCI functionary.The matter was debated at the time in the COA meeting as well but the majority view in the meeting to let a cricketing decision be best left with the player and coach prevailed. “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 observed.Half the Indian team members that usually make the squad are married and wives of captain Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma, Rohit Sharma’s wife – Ritika Sajdeh, MS Dhoni’s wife – Sakshi Dhoni are regularly seen on tours during the permitted visiting window.Also Read | ICC approves concussion substitutes: Like-for-like replacement allowed in all formatsAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar 6th Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of FameFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow WAGSFollow BCCIFollow Team Indialast_img read more