No beef will be served to the Indian team on their tour to Australia later this year. As per media reports, the inspection party sent ahead to Australia before the full-fledged series Down Under has recommended the concerned authorities at Cricket Australia to strike off beef from team India’s menu for the upcoming tour starting from November!
The development comes from the fact that a huge controversy broke, earlier this year, while India were on the England tour. The BCCI had tweeted team India’s menu, and one of the items served during the lunch break was ‘Braised Beef Pasta’.
There was a considerable backlash back then, with the fans being angered on how the Indian team was more concerned about the delicacies served, while performing very poorly in the series. Fans on social media created a furore on the issue, and since then BCCI has avoided to put out team’s menu on the public forum.
Here’s the tweet which angered fans when the Indian team was served beef:
A well earned Lunch for #TeamIndia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 11, 2018
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, a source close to the advance team that went to Australia to see the arrangements made, said, “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.”
Speaking more on the issue, the source also said, “Earlier, players would even consume cheeseburgers while on tour. It has all changed. Even if they indulge once-in-a-while, they are highly disciplined lot during the series, which basically means minimum red meat.”
There are several other recommendations made to Cricket Australia by the visiting BCCI inspection team. Some of them are smooth travel, dietary plans, and have requested to accommodate more vegetarian items, more supply of fruits (something which the Indian team has demanded during ICC World Cup 2019 in England), and it would be appreciable if the food preparations were ‘Indianised’.
India will be touring Australia to play 3 T20Is, 4 Tests, and 3 ODI matches starting November 21. The high-voltage series will be exciting for the fans, given how the rivalry between the two countries has panned out in recent years! Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates on India vs Australia 2018-19 Series!