A fresh controversy surrounding Team India started after a report by a leading news channel claimed that players have been instructed to avoid pork and beef. The report further added that only halal meat would be served to the cricketers.

The governing body of the Indian cricket, BCCI, was slammed by the fans for issuing new directives.

However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has rubbished all such reports.

Dhumal went on to add the board doesn’t have any role in deciding the choices of the players.

“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.

“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 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,” he added.

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