Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow wives with the team for the full duration on overseas tours rather than just two weeks as per the current policy. BCCI allows wives for a limited duration on tours. Girlfriends are completely restricted. Virat Kohli first raised the topic with a top BCCI official and then the matter was forwarded to Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.
The request was made a few weeks ago but as it is a BCCI policy decision, the manager will have to submit a formal request first. Also, CoA has asked Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam to take a call in this matter. However, the change the decision won't be taken in hurry as cricketing tours with WAGs has always been a burning topic.
Anushka Sharma travels with Kohli overseas no doubt but she is allowed for a limited time only. Virat Kohli now demands the old rule be abolished and a new policy should come up where wives and girlfriends should be allowed to travel with the Indian team.
Going on cricketing tours with WAGs has always been a topic of debate. BCCI has often shown their strictness on the matter. After the 3-1 defeat against England in 2014, BCCI restricted girlfriends on tour and there was a restriction on the duration of the wives’ stay. Anushka's presence in an Indian team picture at an event hosted at the UK High Commission during India's tour of UK had went viral with the fans slamming the board for allowing the actress and captain's wife to pose with the team while none of the family members of any other players were to be seen in the picture. A BCCI official had later clarified that all players were invited with their partners and it was the decision of the individuals.
Virat Kohli was under fire at that time after his poor performance. Earlier at that time, he was given clearance by the board to take his then-girlfriend (now wife), Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, along for the England tour.
The issue of wives touring with the players has often come under the radar and has often split the cricketing world. After a 5-0 Ashes humiliation in 2007, England Cricket Board hired an independent auditor which blamed the players' girlfriend and wives for the loss, something which Kevin Pietersen termed as "a load of nonsense."