India will play three T20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia Down Under with the first T20I beginning on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane. @ AFP
India will play three T20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia Down Under with the first T20I beginning on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane. @ AFP

A tweet from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had stirred controversy during day three of the second Test against England at Lord’s this year. The tweet was an image of the Indian cricket team’s lunch menu which featured ‘braised beef pasta’ along with the other dishes.

“A well earned lunch for #Team India,” BCCI had tweeted after fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s two wickets reduced England to 89/4 at the end of the first session after India were bowled out for a paltry 107 in their first innings.

The tweet sent Twitterati into meltdown with many fans expressing their outrage after beef was served to the players.

However, for the upcoming marquee series against Australia, the BCCI has recommended to Cricket Australia (CA) that beef be struck off the Indian team’s menu.

According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror on Thursday, an advance party from the BCCI that travelled to Australia two weeks ago to inspect arrangement and ensure smooth travel, practice and diet plans are sorted, made a mention to the CA authorities to include vegetarian dishes on the menu, which should also include enough supply of fruits. The Indian team management also requested if the dishes could be ‘Indianised’.

“Players often complain about the blandness of food served in Australia. There are a few vegetarians in the team who really struggle at the grounds. The inspection team has also roped in an Indian restaurant in Australia to supply curries to the boys,” a source close to the inspection team was quoted as saying in the report.

The source also revealed how fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who is part of the Test squad, struggled during the last tour of Australia.

“Earlier, players would even consume cheeseburgers while on tour. It has all changed. Even if they indulge once-in-awhile, they are a highly disciplined lot during a series, which basically means minimum red meat,” the source said.

India will play three T20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia Down Under with the first T20I beginning on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Test series begins on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval, while the ODI series will kick-start from January 12 with the first one-dayer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.