Syed Mushtaq Ali squads face issues with food quality at a posh Mumbai hotel ahead of tournament start

The players are unhappy with the food being served. (Image Courtesy: Indian Express/Crictracker)

Food is an integral part of an athlete’s conditioning. Quantity, quality and the time of consumption matters a lot in order for the cricketer to maintain fitness to give the best out on the field. Such has not been the case for the teams quarantined in Mumbai waiting for the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. Several teams have complained about the food being served to them. 

The players are unhappy with the food being served. (Image Courtesy: Indian Express/Crictracker)

The tournament will kick start the domestic season following the halt caused due to the pandemic. A number of ace players will mark their presence in the T20 tournament following the six-day quarantine period.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma will represent Delhi while Mumbai glitters with IPL stars such as Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube and Dhawal Kulkarni. S Sreesanth will mark his first major appearance since his ban by representing Kerala alongside wicket-keeper batsmen Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa.

Players believe that some of the food items may hamper their fitness ahead of the tournament (Indian Express)

Six teams are currently stationed in Mumbai and are completing their quarantine period in a plush hotel in the city. However, it has not been a merry isolation period for the squads as they are far from satisfied with the quality and the quantity of the food being given. The teams have even complained to the Indian Cricket Board to seek a solution.

The food is below reportedly below standard and the players feel that it will impact their fitness. Mumbai team’s manager Arman Malik shared the views of the players as well.

“Players complained to us that food’s quantity and quality is below standard. The food is not adequate in terms of players’ fitness. These players will be playing after six days of quarantine and this food won’t do any good,”

The players even complained about the food being served for breakfast. (Indian Express)

The Indian Express proceeded to speak with the players regarding these issues. Several players voiced their concerns by claiming that the food is often served cold and late. At first, the managers talked with the chefs in the hotel to rectify the issue, but the players have found no avail so far with the concerns remaining the same.

“The roti has been like papad. They are serving rice which many players don’t eat, especially fast bowlers. They fear they could gain weight with this food. We need at least an egg or one grilled chicken,” a player said to Indian Express.

In a desperate move, the players even requested permission to seek outside food. But their request was denied as they are not allowed to step outside until the end of the quarantine period. Their sole choice is to eat the food being served to them since the hotel room services charge are costly. A player affirmed the same by revealing that grilled chicken costs Rs 2,000 on the menu.

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