BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dismissed the reports of preparing a dietary plan for Indian players to keep them fit and healthy.

Earlier some reports suggested that the Indian team management had prepared a plan to give Halal meat and restrict players from having pork and beef for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand.

BCCI has no role in the diet plan: Arun Dhumal

Arun Dhumal, treasurer of BCCI, said that the Indian board did not issue any kind of directives for the players’ diet plan.

“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,” Dhumal told India Today.

BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah, Arun Dhumal
BCCI officials. (Photo: Twitter)

“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.

“The BCCI doesn’t advise any of its players 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,” he added.

Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in the first Test against New Zealand

The first Test between India and New Zealand commences on November 25 (Thursday) at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

Senior Indian players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the first match by the Indian board in order to manage their workload.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the first Test with Cheteshwar Pujara named his deputy.

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