According to reports, it seems that the Indian team was unhappy with the food they were provided at the Sydney Cricket Ground after their practice. India had an optional training session on Tuesday, October 25 as they prepare for their second Super 12 game against the Netherlands. Players like Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Axar Patel were rested.
Meanwhile, the food items provided after the training session included custom sandwiches, falafel and fruits. A BCCI source said, “It’s not like any boycott… Some players did pick up fruits and falafel, but everyone wanted to have lunch and hence they had food going back to the hotel.”
Usually, in the bilateral series, the association looks after the food arrangements but in the case of ICC tournaments, it becomes ICC’s lookout. The cricket isn’t providing hot food for players after lunch.
“In a bilateral series, the host association is in charge of catering, and they always provide hot Indian meals after a training session. But for ICC, the rule is the same for all countries,” he further added.
He added that India players could not eat a cold sandwich (not even grilled) with avocado, tomato and cucumber after two hours of training.
Does this raise questions about the governing body’s food preparation for the players in the tournament? Such mistakes or errors can’t be made in a global tournament like this one, as it will raise questions about the stakeholders involved.
India to play against the Netherlands on Thursday
India will be next seen playing against the Netherlands at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The team has gotten off on a positive note after a nail-biting encounter against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Courtesy of the rescue act from Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli, India ended up on the right side of the game.