New Delhi: After the BCCI drew flak for the inclusion of beef on Team India's lunch menu during the recently-concluded England tour, the Indian board has chosen to play safe during the upcoming tour of Australia.  

The BCCI has sent an advance party Down Under to help the hosts prepare for the marquee series and has asked Cricket Australia to remove beef from the Indian team's menu. According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the team has asked a clause to be included in the MoU signed between BCCI and Cricket Australia on the removal of beef from the players' menu.

“A well-earned lunch for #TeamIndia. You prefer?” BCCI had tweeted during Day 3 of the Lord's Test. 

The occurrence of braised beef pasta in the list raised the hackles of a section of people back home. 

“Players often complain about the blandness of food served in Australia. There are a few vegetarians in the team who really struggle at the grounds. The inspection team has also roped in an Indian restaurant in Australia to supply curries to the boys,” a source told Mumbai Mirror.

Cricket Australia has also been requested to provide more vegetarian items on the menu and sufficent supply of fruits for Kohli and his boys.