Three domestic cricket teams staying at a posh hotel in Mumbai have lodged a complaint with the BCCI over the poor quality of food served to them during six days of quarantine. All the teams are preparing for the upcoming edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The T20 tournament will begin on January 10 and will kickstart domestic cricket during the pandemic.
Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Puducherry are the six teams based in Mumbai. Some of the biggest names from the country are currently in the Mumbai hotel to prepare for the tournament. Delhi has star players like Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma, while Kerala has S Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa, and Sanju Samson. On the other hand, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube and Dhawal Kulkarni are in the Mumbai squad.
And the players’ sojourn in Mumbai did not start on the best of notes. At a time when hygiene and quality is of utmost importance for the players, they were not served the right kind of food. Mumbai manager Arman Mallik confirmed that players did complain about the quality of food served for the last two days.
“Players complained to us that food’s quantity and quality is below standard. The food is not adequate in terms of players’ fitness. These players will be playing after six days of quarantine and this food won’t do any good,” Mallik was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
The news outlet also spoke to ten players across three teams who had similar views. The players said the food was too cold and that even the breakfast was below standard. The respective team managers have spoken to the hotel chef and were assured of better quality but that didn’t happen. The teams have also complained about food being delivered late. It was then that the teams approached the BCCI to look into the matter at the earliest.
“The roti has been like papad. They are serving rice which many players don’t eat, especially fast bowlers. They fear they could gain weight with this food. We need at least an egg or one grilled chicken,” a player said.
Cost of food on the higher side:
With the hotel failing to serve the players quality food, many players have requested to allow outside food but it was denied until the quarantine period is completed. What has made things tough for most of the players is the expensive foods in the five star hotel. One player said that grilled chicken costs Rs 2,000 as per the room menu. Thus, very few players who have played for India or have a good IPL contract can afford the expensive foods.
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