The BCCI reportedly asked Australian authorities to strike off beef from the Indian Cricketer’s menu. Mumbai Mirror reported that a couple of weeks back, a few members from BCCI had traveled to the land down under, and had asked Cricket Australia to exclude beef from the menu. They also wanted that the clause be included in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BCCI and CA.
The BCCI members were in the country to inspect the travel plans and diet for the team to prepare for the November tour, and according to the report, they asked CA to add more vegetarian options as there are some vegetarian cricketers in the team and it would help if preparations were ‘Indianised’.
“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,” a source told Mumbai Mirror.
The strict diet restrictions comes a surprise because players used to earlier indulge in fast food and nothing much was done about it. “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.
Earlier this year, when India toured England, the team faced extreme backlash by some right-winged fans on Twitter, who were upset with the inclusion of beef in the player’s menu. Some, even claimed the reason India lost, is because they consumed beef before the game.
A well earned Lunch for #TeamIndia.
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