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Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq changes diet, nutrition plans for players

Pakistan’s new head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has changed the diet and nutrition plans for players in the domestic tournaments and in the national camp.

Misbah has issued standing orders that no heavy diet would be available to the players during the domestic season and in the national camp as players have to attain peak fitness to make the national squad.

“No more Biryani or oil rich red meat meals or sweet dishes for the players now,” said a member of a catering company managing the food plan for the players in a match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Misbah has issued orders that only barbecue items and pasta with lots of fruits should be on the menu for all teams in the domestic season while the same diet plan would be followed in the national camps.

“Pakistani players are known to have a fondness for junk food and rich oily dishes when they are not playing for the national team but Misbah has told every player that a log book will be maintained on their fitness and diet plans and anyone found lacking would be shown the door,” a source, aware of the developments, said.

The players are now being served healthier food during matches such as barbecue, pasta and fruits, especially at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. The new diet will help keep the players’ weight in check and improve fitness. Photo: Getty Images

Misbah has also instructed the regional team coaches to focus on the players’ dietary and fitness regimes. He has also been omnipresent at the PCB properties and been monitoring the matches.

Misbah, who played international cricket till the age of 43 and is still active as a player at 45, is seen as a role model for maintaining high fitness standards. (Photo by Ryan Pierse – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Misbah-ul-Haq also refused to respond to batting great Mohammad Yousuf’s invective, saying that he would like to focus solely on his job.

Yousuf, a former teammate of Misbah, earlier this week had launched into a tirade against Misbah, questioning how he could improve the team when his own batting technique was flawed.

When reminded of Yousuf’s diatribe during a press conference, Misbah opted against fighting fire with fire. “Yousuf bhai has his own opinion,” said Misbah, who doubles as the head coach and chief selector of the national team.

“I only need to focus on my job. Only through my work can I prove what’s good and what’s bad,” he added.

Yousuf, during a TV show, had launched a scathing attack on Misbah, branding him a “yes-man” and accusing him of never leading from the front as a captain.

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