A senior member of the Indian team has landed in hot waters for reportedly violating BCCI’s ‘family clause’ rules during the World Cup. India bowed out of the competition on a disappointing note with a defeat to New Zealand in the semifinals. Since then, there have been different rumours regarding the team.
At first, there were rumours of MS Dhoni’s retirement before it was followed by reports of rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. There were also reports of some players being unhappy with Ravi Shastri. And now reports suggest that one player flouted BCCI’s family clause. According to Indian Express, the player in question had specifically requested for his wife to stay with him for more than the permissible period of 15 days but it was shot down by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which had laid down the rules.
Now it has come to light that the player’s wife stayed with him for the entire seven-week duration of the tournament without seeking permission from either the captain or the coach for her extended stay.
The Item 6 sub-clause G of the minutes of the CoA meeting read:
Request from a player
1. The COA discussed that one of the players from the Men’s Senior Team had made a request for permission for his wife to accompany him to the World Cup tour earlier than is otherwise permissible.
2. The CoA was informed that the matter is being discussed with the concerned player and that it may not be advisable to grant the request.
3. After some discussion, the CoA decided that it will not accede to the above request from the concerned player.
A BCCI source also confirmed that a senior player did flout the rules and kept his family with him against the rules.
“Yes, the same player in question, who was categorically denied permission during May 3 meeting, violated the 15-day rule during the World Cup. The question that arises here is whether the player in question had sought permission about the extra duration of stay of his wife from the competent authorities — in this case the coach and the captain. The answer is a ‘No’,” the official said.
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