New Delhi, Online Desk. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal has clarified that the board has not given any instructions to its players regarding the type of food. He said that he has no role in deciding the menu of the team and the players are free to choose what they want to eat and what not. The treasurer has made it clear that the board has not given any advice related to food to any player.
Reports had surfaced that the BCCI has introduced a new diet plan for the team, according to which the players were instructed not to eat pork or beef. Reports also claimed that BCCI asked players to consume only halal meat. Controversy then erupted as the report went viral on the internet media, with many criticizing the cricket board for promoting halal meat.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal rubbished such reports and while talking to India Today said, “This (diet plan) was never discussed nor will it be implemented. I don’t know if this decision will be taken.” When was it taken or not. As far as I know, we have never issued any guidelines regarding diet plan. As far as food is concerned, it is the personal choice of the players, BCCI has no role in it. “
Explaining that this ‘Halal’ must have happened at any time on the reaction of any player, he further elaborated, “For example, if a player says he does not eat beef and if a foreign team comes Food should not be eaten together. This Halal issue has never been brought to the notice of BCCI. BCCI does not advise any of its players on what to eat and what not. Players are free to choose their own food. They want to be vegetarian, it’s their choice, they want to be vegan, it’s their choice, whether they want to be non-vegetarian, it’s their choice.”