India failed due to 'big distraction' of wives and girlfriends: BCCI

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Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 15:30 [IST]
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Mumbai, Aug 21: The reason for India's poor showing in the England Test series is the "big distraction" of players' wives and girlfriends, according to a top BCCI official.

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BCCI had given permission to the Indian players to bring their wives to England for the five-match Test series, which they lost 1-3.

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The Indian cricket board had also given the green signal for batsman Virat Kohli to bring his girlfriend and bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

Kohli had arrived in England with a big reputation, having doing very well in all three formats of the game. But he failed miserably with the bat, scoring just 134 runs (2 ducks) in 10 innings.

Now, a top BCCI official has told "Indian Express" yesterday (August 20) that the reasons for India's Test debacle is having wives and girlfriends around during the tour. And now, they will restrict their travel with the players abroad.

"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 unnamed top BCCI official told "Indian Express".

Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin and Gautam Gambhir had taken permission from the BCCI to have their wives in England. Kohli too had been granted permission to bring his girlfriend Anushka.

India will face England in a five-match ODI series and one Twenty20 International. Ravi Shastri has been named as the director of cricket for the series.


Story first published:  Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:59 [IST]
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