The ICC said it is investigating the matter and promised to settle the matter shortly after the majority of Indian cricketers returned to their hotel on Tuesday without having lunch at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit Sharma and Co. were expecting a full meal after their practice session at the SCG, but only fruit, cold sandwiches and falafel. Rest assured, the menu did not please Indian cricketers, who are used to a full meal after sweating in the nets for nearly three hours. Some Indian cricketers took falafel and fruit, but most decided to go back to the hotel for a full meal.
BCCI has unofficially notified the ICC of their displeasure. “Yes, the Indian team has told us about their post-training eating issues. We are trying to sort it out and the issue will be resolved,” an ICC source told PTI.
In particular, it is the ICC that is responsible for food and shelter during the World Cup and not the host association. “It’s not like a boycott. Some players picked up fruit and falafel, but everyone wanted lunch and that’s why they had food after they went back to the hotel,” a BCCI official who was aware of the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“The problem is that the ICC does not provide hot food after lunch. In a bilateral series, the host association is responsible for the catering and they always provide hot Indian meals after a training. But for ICC, the rule is that the same for all countries the official continued.
The turnout was also criticized by former India opener Virender Sehwag, who tried the hospitality of western countries without naming anyone.
All Indian batters except Suryakumar Yadav were in the nets, which was India’s only practice before their next Super 12-game against the Netherlands. The Indian team did not train on Wednesday because the designated practice area is about 25 miles from Sydney and the players prefer not to travel that far a day before the game.
Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel were also absent from the all-rounders while all the fast bowlers decided to take a breather in the optional practice.
It should be mentioned that India traveled about five hours to reach Sydney after an intense match against Pakistan in Melbourne. India’s bowling Paras Mahmbrey said the team m
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