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Wives and bananas, this is what India cricket team wants for the 2019 World Cup. Skipper Virat Kohli and the team have made bizarre demands for the mega tournament to be held in England next year.
The mega event is just seven months away and Team India has made requests to the BCCI for this. The Indian Express has reported the three key requests put forward by skipper Virat Kohli and company. They made these demands during the review meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Hyderabad earlier this month. Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad attended this meeting.
Among other demands, the players have requested to allow their wives and girlfriends (WAGs) to accompany them. Besides, they have also requested bananas in abundance during the entire World Cup.
Wives are okay but what’s it about bananas? Bananas, experts say, are a rich source of energy for endurance athletes. Bananas are a source of potassium and other nutrients and provide instant energy.
The players also want a reserved train coach besides other demands.
Skipper Virat Kohli and team make bizarre demands for 2019 World Cup
The Kohli and co. have requested for bananas to be present in abundance during the World Cup. They have cited the reason that England doesn’t provide this athlete-friendly fruit.
“Apparently, the England cricket board failed to serve the Indian team with the fruit of their choice during the tour. But the CoA was amused by the request. It said the players should tell team manager to buy bananas on the BCCI’s expenses,” the report quoted unnamed sources.
The players also wish to travel by train in England during the entire tournament, which they feel is more comfortable. For this, the team wants a reserved train coach.
“The CoA was initially not willing to agree because it was worried about security. But it was informed by Kohli that the England team travelled by train… The team wants a coach to be blocked and booked. The CoA was worried about travelling Indian fans mobbing the train. Eventually, the committee agreed under the condition that the CoA or BCCI won’t be held responsible if anything untoward happens,” the report quoted the source as saying.
The players have also requested to allow the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) to accompany them. They want WAGs with them during the entire tournament.
“There have been instances in past where a few players have driven with their wives separately. The board wants to stop that practice as it affects team bonding,” the source apparently said. “It was felt that some players might view this as a distraction during tours. They (CoA) want to make sure that everyone is onboard before they give the green light.”
“There were other demands about booking hotels with a proper gym and discussions about the duration and protocol regarding wives accompanying players on tours.”