The Board of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested Cricket Australia (CA) to remove beef from the Indian cricket team’s menu from the upcoming tour.
According to the Mumbai Mirror, an advance party from the BCCI that travelled to Australia two weeks ago to prep for the forthcoming November tour has recommended to CA that beef be struck off the team’s menu.
The request comes after India’s tour of England in August where the men in blue were served braised beef pasta as part of their lunch.
BCCI’s official twitter handle had tweeted a photo of the team’s lunch menu during the test match at Lord’s.
“A well-earned lunch for #TeamIndia,” the tweet mentioned.
Clearly motivated by new mafia at PCB. Distortion of facts and figures. This defamation will not go unchallenged. https://t.co/kJH42uLXbp
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) October 27, 2018
Further, a source close to the inspection team informed that “Players often complain about the blandness of food served in Australia. There are a few vegetarians in the team who really struggle at the grounds.”
“The inspection team has also roped in an Indian restaurant in Australia to supply curries to the boys,” the source added.
An Indian team source added that players now pay attention to their diet in addition to playing cricket. “Earlier, players would even consume cheeseburgers while on tour. It has all changed.”
“Even if they indulge once-in-awhile, they are a highly disciplined lot during a series, which basically means minimum red meat,” the source said.
India play three T20Is, four Tests, and three one-day internationals in Australia from November 21 to January 18.