The Indian cricket team will be gearing up for a long gruelling tour of Australia starting November which includes 3 T20Is, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs respectively.
However, an inspection team from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been sent two weeks before the campaign commences to ensure that a few demands are met and wants a few clauses included in the Memorandum of Understanding between the BCCI and Cricket Australia.
It is learnt that the BCCI wants 'beef' to be struck of Team India's menu after plenty of heated debates arose during the tour of England when a Tweet was uploaded from the BCCI's handle of the Indian team's menu for the day during the Lord's Test, which included beef.
The Indian cricket fans were sent into a wild frenzy after they saw the Tweet, criticising the board and protested on the matter.
The inspection team will cater to smooth travel arrangements and their diet during the tour. The BCCI has requested Cricket Australia that the team would like to have their diet more 'Indianised', have a supply of plenty of fruits and have more vegetarian cuisines on their menu.
A source close to the inspection team told Mumbai Mirror that they have roped in an Indian restaurant to make the players feel like home.
“Players often complain about the blandness of food served in Australia. There are a few vegetarians in the team who really struggle at the grounds. The inspection team has also roped in an Indian restaurant in Australia to supply curries to the boys.”
The source pointed out that pacer Ishant Sharma struggled during the last tour to Australia in 2016.
“Earlier, players would even consume cheeseburgers while on tour. It has all changed. Even if they indulge once-in-awhile, they are a highly disciplined lot during a series, which basically means minimum red meat,” the source added.
The Indian cricket team have been strict about their diets before and during the tours.