India Cricket Control Board (BCCI) on Tuesday issued reports that they had issued a directive to players and support staff over Team Indias new diet plan. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal clarified that the players are free to eat according to their choice and that the board does not interfere in such matters.
A massive controversy erupted after some media reports claimed that BCCI had banned beef and pork in all forms in Team India’s new diet regime. Reports further claimed that the cricketers were instructed to consume only meat in “halal” form.
Talking with IANS, Dhumal claimed that the alleged diet plan had never been discussed by BCCI and there is therefore no reason for it to be implemented. I have told the news agency:
“BCCI has not given any instructions to any player or team staff on what to eat and what not to eat. All these rumors are unfounded. This diet plan has never been discussed and will not be implemented. The board does not advise anyone on what to eat and what they should not eat. They are free to choose their own food. “
After reports of the alleged diet plan for Indian players appeared, the hashtag “BCCI_Promotes_Halal” became trendy on Twitter. Internet users were divided on the issue, some supported the diet plan and others criticized it.
Team India players begin training ahead of the Test series
At the same time, Team India started its workout in Kanpur on Tuesday before the first test. BCCI’s official Twitter handles shared photos of the Indian team preparing for the first test.
Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid and percussion coach Vikram Rathour were seen having a serious interaction with the whole squad. BCCI shared the photos on Twitter with the text:
“When #TeamIndia hit Kanpur ahead of the first #INDvNZ test.”
Team India beat New Zealand 3-0 in the recently concluded T20I series. The first test in the two-match series begins in Kanpur on November 25. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the first Test, while Virat Kohli will be back as captain for the second.
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