Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Afghanistan cricket team that was accustomed to the brilliant hospitality offered in India, found themselves facing a different situation in the Caribbean island during the ongoing T20 World Cup. In order to address the issue, the team players took it upon themselves to resolve the issue.

The Afghanistan cricketers had to don the chef’s hat following the unavailability of halal meat at their team hotel in Barbados, West Indies. The absence of halal meat, a compulsory component in their dietary requirements, left them with no choice but to cook themselves.

There was uncertainty around the meat available in the Bridgetown hotel being halal or not. The halal meat is available in the Caribbean island. However, it is not certain if all the hotels and restaurants have it on their menu. 

“Halal meat is not available in our hotel. Sometimes we cook on our own, or sometimes we go out. In the last World Cup in India, everything was perfect. Halal beef is an issue here,” said an Afghanistan cricketer.

“We had it in St. Lucia but it is not there at all venues. A friend arranged it for us, and we cooked on our own,” he added.

Moreover, another Afghanistan team member admitted that the scheduling had impacted their preparations.

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