The story of paternity leaves in Indian and world cricket

Virat Kohli will be taking paternity leave for the birth of his child as he misses three Tests against Australia in December and January but this is not the first instance.

Virat Kohli was under the scanner recently when he conveyed to the BCCI that he would be returning home from the India vs Australia Test series after playing the Pink Ball match in Adelaide. The reason – he wanted to be with his wife Anushka Sharma as the couple are expecting the birth of their first child in January 2021. The decision met with mixed reactions from social media, with many hailing the decision while others criticised as to how Virat Kohli can leave a Test series as important as Australia for this event. However, this is not the first instance in Indian cricket or world cricket.

In the past, Indian cricketers did not even have that luxury of going on a paternal leave if they were on an overseas tour. In countries outside of the sub-continent, the concept of paternal leave became only a modern day phenomena. Even until the end of the last 90s, the concept of paternal leave did not exist and only now, we are seeing cricket boards allow players to give priority over family. Here are the other instances in world cricket where a player took a paternity leave and was either accepted or rejected.

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