Controversy has erupted over the alleged mandatory halal meat in the diet of Indian cricket team players. According to reports, players have not been allowed to eat beef. It has also been said that if someone wants to eat meat, then they can only eat halal meat. Pork and beef are excluded from the menu. On this whole controversy, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Dhumal has made it clear that there is no restriction on the food of the players and the players are free to choose whatever they want to eat.
Talking to India Today, Dhumal said, “There has never been a discussion about food with the players and never heard of such a diet plan. I do not know when this decision was taken. As far as I know, we have never issued any guidelines regarding diet plan. As far as the food is concerned, it is the personal choice of the players, BCCI has no role in it. For example, suppose a player says that he does not eat beef and in such a situation that a foreign team comes, then the food should not be mixed.
Let us inform that after this controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and advocate Gaurav Goel had demanded the BCCI to immediately withdraw this recommendation. Releasing the video on his Twitter handle, he had said, “Players should eat whatever they want, it is their choice but who has given this right to BCCI to recommend ‘Halal’ meat.” This decision is not correct. It should be withdrawn immediately.