Nothing seems to be going right for the Australians these days, after losing the first ODI in Chennai, then rain forcing the teams to train indoors and now the meal provided by the CAB was not up to the mark for the Aussies. The grilled chicken served to the Aussies has irked Steve Smith and his boys because of the poor food preparation by the cooks at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
A CAB official said that the Australian players were unhappy with the chicken served to them and had realized that it was not cooked at 73-degree centigrade ordered by the Australian team management.
The official said:
“The Australian players were not too happy when they came to realise that the grilled chicken served to them had been cooked at a temperature above the prescribed 73-degree centigrade. They had already made their requirement known in advance and the fact that it wasn’t followed did not go down too well with them. It took some cajoling before they calmed down. But things are now under control and the cook has been told not to repeat the mistake.”
Players in the current era have started taking their fitness very seriously. This trend has also gripped the Indian team, and the Indian skipper is the biggest example of it. Ahead of the Test series against New Zealand last year, the BCCI had sent an email to the state associations informing about the needs and requirements of the players.
The BCCI official had said:
“The BCCI sent a mail to the associations of September 12, briefing them about the training and match schedule, the hotel lists where the team will be lodging in different cities, the flight details and most importantly the dietary requirement of the players. They have made it clear that grilled chicken, a paneer item and a blender should be available at all times at all venues.”
CAB pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee is unhappy with the scheduling of the match and feels that the BCCI must think before scheduling a series. He said:
“When we were growing up, we would have international matches in the north at this time of the year and it was only in the winters that games would be played in Eastern India. Again, you would have games down south during the summers. But that is not followed anymore and whichever association has its turn, organises the game. So well we will now try and give it our best shot.”