England’s Test team is all set to travel to Pakistan for a three-match series to be played from December 1 to December 21. The series is a part of the World Test Championship cycle and both teams would look to stay in the race for qualification. Both England and Pakistan have announced their squads for the series, but it seems there will be an addition to England’s squad.
It will not be a player who will be added to the squad and will be travelling to Pakistan for the three Tests, rather a chef will be the extra man with the England team in Pakistan. It’s reported that the England team has hired their own chef to maintain the quality and standard of food served to the players during the series.
After a few players complained about the food they were served during the T20I leg of the tour, the Test team decided to travel with their own chef.
“The appointment comes following a debrief of the limited-overs side's experiences in the country during their seven-match T20I series. The feedback from players and support staff was that the food on offer, particularly at match venues, was not quite up to scratch, with a handful suffering from upset stomachs at certain parts of the tour,” reported ESPNCricinfo.
It’s also reported that Omar Meziane, who worked with the England men's football team in a similar role during the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, will assume the role.
Notably, this is not the first time England have expressed their reservations about the food served on a tour. On a tour of New Zealand in November 2019, spinner Jack Leach who suffers from Crohn's disease, was struck down so severely by food poisoning, he ended up being hospitalised and contracted sepsis.
Then ahead of their 2013-14 Ashes campaign, the England team made a dossier entitled, "Test catering requirements" which was distributed to all hosting venues. The 82 pages contained 194 recipes ranging from "Moroccan spiced griddled chicken fillets with lime and coriander mayo" to protein-based "banana and peanut bars".