Obviously, the post-training menu is almost the same for all teams and Indian players are not served hot food, which BCCI sources say is a must after an intense training session.
The Indian team had an optional practice on Tuesday where all fast bowlers were outfitted alongside all-rounder Hardik Pandya, batter Suryakumar Yadav and spinner Axar Patel.
Post-workout food has been learned to include custom sandwiches, along with fruit and falafel (very common in this part of the world).
With training almost over by noon, it was lunchtime and perhaps the players were expecting a full meal.
“It’s not like a boycott… Some players picked up fruit and falafel, but everyone wanted lunch and so they had to take food back to the hotel,” a BCCI official who was aware of the development against PTI 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.
“You can’t just eat a cold sandwich (not even grilled) with avocado, tomato and cucumber after two hours of training. That’s just not enough nutrition,” he added.
It gets interesting when BCCI intervenes and arranges the hot Indian meals for the upcoming training sessions.