While the Test series was on, there was a controversy over actress Anushka Sharma staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli © Getty Images
While the Test series was on, there was a controversy over actress Anushka Sharma staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli © Getty Images

Aug 21, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has denied placing any restrictions on wives and girlfriends of players touring with them. There were media reports that the board was planning to place restrictions citing the presence of wives and girlfriends as a distraction for players.

CNN-IBN quoted sources from the BCCI that the board has denied any restrictions on girlfriends travelling with players or the duration for which wives can stay with the players.

“The England tour has been an eye-opener for everyone. From whatever information we have gathered, it’s been seen that even if players wanted to focus on their cricket, their wives were being a big distraction. When some wanted to go to the gym or do nets, they couldn’t do so because their wives wanted to explore the city. So we have planned that after this England series, we will curb the number of days the wives spend with their husbands on tour,” an official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Earlier there was a controversy as the board had given permission to Kohli allowing Anushka Sharma to stay in the same hotel as the players. Since then, the board allowed Stuart Binny, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir to travel with their wives.

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