WAGs may only be admitted to the World Championship for 21 days
NEW DELHI: Women And Family Members Of Indian Cricket Players Can Only Join The World Cup 21 Days After The Start Of The Tournament In England. The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) Has Also Determined That These Additions To The Entourage Of A Player May Stay In England For Up To 15 Days. This Means That The WAGS Will Miss The Match Between India And Pakistan On June 16.
However, A Player Can Choose When He Wants To Join The Family." As The Wife Of Kohli Anushka Sharma Wants To Stay Until The Last Phase Of The Tournament, She Would Have To Plan So That The 15-day Window Falls Into The Knockout Games," A Source Said.
Before The Change, The BCCI Approved This Arrangement On Its Own Initiative, Without Waiting For The Indian Captain Virat Kohli To Give His Nod In Writing.
The Guidelines Come After The BCCI Faced A Logistic Nightmare Transporting Families And Arranging Match Passes During India's Tour Of Australia, Where The Contingent Was Close To 37 Members, Including Players, Support Staff And Their Families.
India Are Supposed To Play Their Opening Game Against South Africa On June 5 In The 50-day Event. It Was Discussed Whether The BCCI Would Consider A 10-12 Day Window For The WAGs To Join Instead But It Was Decided That Family Members And Girlfriends Would Only Be Allowed Before The Afghanistan Game On June 22.