'Only Halal meat, no pork and beef' - Team India's dietary plan leaves netizens disappointed

Indian team management lands in hot waters.

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After clinching the T20I series 3-0, India are gearing up to host New Zealand in a two-match Test series, starting from November 25. The opening clash takes place at the Green Park in Kanpur, and both teams would be raring to make a mark. Meanwhile, the Indian team management has been facing the ire of the netizens after their dietary plan for the Test series was out in public.

It was revealed that only ‘halal’ meat will be served during the Test series while there will be no consumption of beef and pork. As the players are not allowed to choose their preference, fans have been questioning the dietary plan designed by the team management.

Only Halal meat available for Indian players during New Zealand Tests

“No pork and beef whatsoever in any form and variety. All meat must be Halal,” is written as part of the catering requirements and marked “important,” as per a report in India Today.  Twitterati went in a frenzy after coming across the same and raised their eyebrows over the instructions.

Notably, the dietary plan isn’t decided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but the team management, which is currently led by head coach Rahul Dravid. Notably, the directives are of ‘halal’ meat every time Team India’s dietary plan is out for a particular series or tournament.  It is to be understood that the India’s current Test squad also has a Muslim player in Mohammed Siraj.

As per the Halal method of slaughtering animals for meat, a cut is given to the animal’s neck and the blood comes out slowly. On the other hand, the jhatka, is where the animal is slaughtered in one go. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s dietary plan for the first Test has both red and white meat.

“The food should contain moderate amounts of carbohydrate and protein and lower amounts of fat, to ensure these athletes get all the energy and nutrients required for their training and games. The prepared food must have plenty of flavour and be as fresh and natural as possible,” the New Zealand diet plan reads.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how netizens reacted to Indian team’s dietary plans: