The presence of wives and girlfriends of Indian cricketers during the matches in England has become a regular feature, and it’s not the first time they have being spotted cheering from the stands. Indian cricketers have been accompanied by their partners on tour earlier as well.
However, it looks like all that is set to end, at least for the next one month after the Indian team management informed the players that no wives and girlfriends will be allowed in the camp till the end of the third Test, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.
Families of cricketers have been held responsible for poor form of players in the past as well. Now that India have already lost the one-day series against England, all eyes will be on the Test series. Any slips there might bring the partners and family members under scrutiny.
Earlier, the BCCI had come up with an idea of appointing a separate manager to manage the wives and girlfriends on away tours, but the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) rejected the idea.
After the ODI series, the Indian team stayed back in London to take sometime off and spend time with their families. But on Sunday the team bid farewell to their families and left for Chelmsford for a four-day practice match against Essex, slated to begin on Wednesday.
"We’ve had four days of rest before settling down for the serious task ahead. The players had moved out with spouses, friends and relatives and tomorrow (Monday) we will leave for Chelmsford," a team source told Mumbai Mirror.
India will play a five-match Test series against England starting from 1 August at Edgbaston in Birmingham.