The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) has taken a big step regarding the travel of Indian cricket team during their tours. The board has directed that it will not be taking care of the lodging of cricketers’ wives, girlfriends or family during the team’s tours.
According to several media reports, earlier, a proposal was sent to the Supreme court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) from the BCCI, asking to designate a separate manager who could take care of the lodging and boarding of cricketers’ wives and girlfriends.
However, the CoA rejected the proposal stating that it was the cricketers’ responsibility to take care of their travel companions and that the board will not be accountable for the stay of any of the family members.
Currently, on the South African tour, a majority of Indian cricketers like Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha are accompanied by their respective wives. Before the CoA took this decision, the Indian cricket board even appointed Mayank Parikh to manage the cricketers’ spouses separately. Later, on January 3, CoA head Vinod Rai rejected the board’s plan and said that there was no need for an extra manager as an officer named Rishikesh Upadhyay was already looking after the team members and their needs.
It was also learned from reports that the board has allowed the companions of the cricketers to stay in South Africa for just two weeks, which means that they will have to return after the first Test match.
India lost the first match at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs on January 4. The Indian batting lineup badly struggled against the Protea pace attack and couldn’t chase down the target of 208 runs. Now the next match will be played in Centurion on January 13.