The management of Indian men’s cricket team has drawn all the attention of netizens after the management shared the new dietary plan for the first Test which is against New Zealand in Kanpur, and this news has come under the scanner. The cricket fans are busy questioning the dietary plan, as it was mentioned that only Halal meat to be served as part of its catering requirements and menu.
In addition to this, in the dietary plan of the Indian cricket team, the consumption of beef or pork by the India players is banned. “No pork and beef whatsoever in any form and variety. All meat must be Halal,” is mentioned as part of the catering requirements and it is also marked “important”.
After the information of the new dietary plan came out, questions have been asked as to how the management of the team can restrict the Indian players from preferring and eating their choice of food that too during the Test series against New Zealand, which starts on November 25.
According to the reports, India Today Group broke the news of the Indian cricket team’s dietary plan. As per the reports, the dietary plan has not come from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. These rules were added to their dietary plan by the team management, and the management has to convey the catering needs to the host board only through the BCCI. The board of Indian cricket will share not just the dietary plan but also security and logistics to the host board, and the responsibility in this Test, is taken by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.
It has to be noted that usually, every time an Indian cricket team travels abroad or a foreign team visits India, some changes are made in the dietary plan and then it is shared. But the majority of the time, even in major international competitions, the menu has directives for Halal meat, and it is to be understood that the India squad for the New Zealand team also has a Muslim player.
The Halal method of slaughtering an animal for meat involves giving a cut to the animal and waiting, whereas the other method, jhatka, is where the animal is slaughtered in one go.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand cricket team has also sent out its dietary plan for the Kanpur Test, and accordingly, the Black Caps team management have listed both red meat and white meat as options for Lunch break for the Test match in Kanpur.
“The food should contain moderate amounts of carbohydrate and protein and lower amounts of fat, to ensure these athletes get all the energy and nutrients required for their training and games. The prepared food must have plenty of flavour and be as fresh and natural as possible,” mentions the New Zealand diet plan.
“Please note that some members of the BLACKCAPS have special dietary requirements, including a severe nut allergy.”
This should include:
A red meat option, such as beef or lamb A white meat option, like chicken, fish or pork, carbohydrates, such as potatoes, long-grain rice, pasta, couscous etc. It should also include two vegetables + 1 salad ( includes a dressing with the salad) and fresh fruit.
India and New Zealand meet in a Test series for the first time since the World Test Championship final conducted earlier this year. While Rohit Sharma led India to a 3-0 sweep of the T20I series earlier in November, now, Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the Test series opener, starting November 25 in Kanpur. Captain Virat Kohli, who is currently resting, will join the squad for the 2nd Test in Mumbai, which will start on 3 December.