Mumbai: In a recent report, it was revealed that the Indian Players were asked by BCCI to eat only halal meat and avoid beef and pork ‘whatsoever in any form and variety.’ However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has dismissed such reports.
Arun Dhumal said the board doesn’t have any role in determining the choices of what their players wish to eat.
“This (diet plan) has never been discussed and will not be enforced. I don’t know when this decision was taken or if it was. As far as I know, we never issued any guidelines related to diet plans. As far as food habits are concerned, it is the individual choice of players, BCCI has no role in it,” said Dhumal as quoted by India Today.
As per the media reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had banned the consumption of beef and pork in any form in Team India’s new diet regime ahead of the upcoming two-match Test series versus New Zealand. It has also been learned that the players have been asked to consume meat in only halal form.
Stretching on ‘halal food’, Dhumal clarified that this thing might have happened only on a player’s feedback or that some foreign team might be there and they didn’t want the food to be mixed.
However, the ‘halal’ thing has never ever been brought to BCCI’s attention. BCCI never advise its players what to eat and what not to eat, he reckoned.
“This ‘halal’ thing may have happened on any player’s feedback at some point in time. For example, if a player says he doesn’t eat beef and if a foreign team comes then the food should not be mixed. This halal issue has never been brought to BCCI’s attention,” he said.
Dhumal added, “The BCCI doesn’t advise any of its players on what to eat and what not to eat. Players are free to choose their own food. Whether they want to be vegetarian, it’s their choice, whether they want to be vegan, it’s their choice, whether they want to be non-vegetarian, it’s their choice.”
India will face New Zealand on November 25 at Kanpur to play their 1st test match.