Menu Upsets Team India: Some Indian cricket players refused the offer of cold sandwiches and falafel after an exhausting practice session, instead opting to eat in their hotel rooms after the practice session. On Tuesday, hot food was not part of the menu, apart from falafel (spiced mashed chickpeas or other pulses formed into balls), which was considered a must after an intense training session. It is understood that the after-practice menu is almost the same for all the teams.
Team management rested all fast bowlers, while all-rounder Hardik Pandya, batter Suryakumar Yadav, and spinner Axar Patel also did not take part in the optional training session.
After sweating it out before the match, the players probably expected a decent meal.
The BCCI said on condition of anonymity, “It’s not a boycott. Some players picked up fruits and falafel, but everyone wanted lunch, so they ate after returning to the hotel.”.
After lunch, the ICC does not provide any hot food. However, the ICC has the same rule for all countries, according to the official. The host association is responsible for catering in a bilateral series, and they always provide hot Indian meals after training sessions.
It is simply inadequate nourishment to have a cold sandwich (not even grilled) with avocado, tomato, and cucumber after two hours of intense training.
According to the ICC, the matter is being looked into and will be resolved as soon as possible.
An ICC source told PTI that the Indian team had complained about the food after practice. “We are trying to figure out what’s wrong and we’ll fix it,” said the source.
If the issue is not resolved, it will be interesting to see if the BCCI steps in and arranges hot Indian meals for the players.
The Indian team won’t practice on Wednesday since the designated practice area is about 40kms from Sydney and the players prefer not to travel that far a day before the match.
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