'Sarfaraz Ahmed will lose his belly now', Netizens react to Misbah-ul-Haq's biryani ban
Newly-appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to ban biryani and all oil-based read meat dishes for its players has cracked social media up. The move took place in a bid to help Pakistani cricketers get back into shape, especially considering the team's reputation of being one of the most 'unfit' sides in the world.
It was in the 2019 ICC World Cup when several questions were raised over the Pakistan team's diet and fitness. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had even termed skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed as 'fat and unfit' after the loss against West Indies in the tournament opener.
On top of that, there were suggestions that the team was spotted eating junk food like burgers and pizzas ahead of the match against arch-rivals India. Although the truth turned out to be different than first thought, the crying fan did manage to raise the cricket boards awareness about the fitness issues that exist in the team.
Misbah's move, hence, comes as a crucial step in helping the team scale new heights under his guidance. It isn't a hidden fact that the people of Pakistan love biryani and the fact that the cricketers will have to live without this delicacy is going to deal a big blow to many. For Netizens, however, this is another opportunity to make fun of a topic on social media. Here are some of the tweets on the subject:
Sarfaraz Ahmed will lose his food belly now. Misbah has banned biryani in the Pakistan cricket team to promote fitness.— Wriddhaayan (@Wriddhaayan) September 17, 2019
Misbah-ul-Haq has banned biryani, red meat & dessert from the diet of players who are taking part in Pakistan's national camp.— Farrago Abdullah (@abdullah_0mar) September 17, 2019
If this were the case Inzy and Sarfraz would have NEVER made to Pakistan team .
End of biryani culture from Pakistan domestic cricket - Misbah gave strict suggestions to PCB to take good care of fitness of domestic cricketers. Pasta, boiled rice, beans, bar b q roast & less oily meals are now served to cricketers along bundle of fruits during #QEA19.(GEO)— adilch@nd (@adilchand588) September 17, 2019
Since the news broke on Monday, this video of a Pakistani biryani is also going viral on social media:
Z Grade..— Bhavesh Pandya (@bhaveshp1978) September 16, 2019
This TV commercial about a Biryani brand in Pakistanpic.twitter.com/uWOjVTRGnV
In the modern game of cricket, fitness has become an important factor for success. Virat Kohli, one of the greats of the game, gave up oily and fattening foods early in his career and opted for a more gluten-free approach when it comes to diet. The results he has achieved since aren't hidden from anyone in the cricketing spectrum.
After what seems a step forward in the right direction as far as the diet habits of Pakistan players are concerned, the coach Misabh and PCB might look to incorporate tougher training methods in the team. The India head coach Ravi Shastri had recently urged to change the Yo-Yo test qualification mark to 17 instead of 16.1. A similar decision could be taken by Pakistan in the time to come, depending upon how the team responds to the current regimen.