The Men in Blue has reportedly informed ICC about their unhappiness with the ‘cold food and sandwiches’ served after their practice sessions in Sydney ahead of the T20 World Cup match against the Netherlands on Thursday.
The Rohit Sharma-led side has traveled to Sydney for their next Super 12 stage game after beating Pakistan in the opener but if reports are to be believed then they have not received the warmest of welcomes, at least in terms of food.
Indian players opted to have food back in the hotel
It is now learnt that the after-practice food included custom sandwiches along with fruits and falafel (very common in this part of the world). With the training getting over nearly by afternoon, it was lunch time and perhaps players were expecting a full-course meal.
A BCCI source was quoted as saying by ANI, “The food that was offered to Team India was not good. They were just given sandwiches and they have also told ICC that food provided after a practice session in Sydney was cold and not good.”
In protest, most of the top Indian cricketers decided to skip lunch at the venue, and headed back to the hotel for a meal of their choice.
“It’s not like any boycott… Some players did pick up fruits and falafel but everyone wanted to have lunch and hence they had food going back to the hotel,” a BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
The catering responsibility is under ICC unlike bilateral tours when the host nation is in charge
Notably, International Cricket Council (ICC) is providing food and lodging during the T20 World Cup 2022, unlike in bilateral series, where the host association is in charge of the hospitality.
“The problem is that the ICC isn’t providing any hot food after lunch. In a bilateral series, the host association is in charge of catering and they always provide hot Indian meals after a training session. But for ICC, the rule is the same for all countries,” the official further said.