No more biryani for Pakistan cricketers as head coach Misbah-ul-Haq changes diet and nutrition plans
Pakistan's new head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has come down heavily on the Pakistani players regarding their degrading fitness levels which was continuously questioned during the ICC World Cup 2019. Misbah has changed the diet and nutrition plans for the players in the national camp and the domestic tournament to instil a new fitness culture in the setup.
Misbah has made it clear that the players will have to remain on top of their fitness to have any chances of making the cut into the national squad. The former Pakistan captain has ordered oily items and red meat items including biryani to be taken down from the menu. He has also banned sweet items from the menu.
"No more Biryani or oil rich red meat meals or sweet dishes for the players now," a member of a catering company that manages the players' menu in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, was quoted as saying by PTI.
Misbah, who has always been an advocate for high fitness standards since his playing days, has asked only barbecue items, pasta and fruits to be served to the players in the domestic tournament and the national camps. Misbah will face his first assignment as the head coach of the Pakistan team in their upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.
"Pakistani players are known to have a fondness for junk food and rich oily dishes when they are not playing for the national team but Misbah has told every player that a log book will be maintained on their fitness and diet plans and anyone found lacking would be shown the door," a source told PTI.
Pakistan players faced immense backlash back home for their eating habits after their crushing 89-run defeat against India at the World Cup. Pakistan have never won against India in World Cups and the Virat Kohli-led side managed to keep the record intact this time around as well. While India lost in the first semi-final against New Zealand, Pakistan failed to make it to the top four at the showpiece event.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had decided against renewing former head coach Mickey Arthur's contract after the team's poor show at the World Cup. Misbah then took over as the head coach and the chief selector of the senior side and is looking forward to transforming the cricket structure in the country.