Only Halal meat for first Test against New Zealand, no pork and beef: Report

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The Indian cricket board has reportedly made it mandatory for the supply of only halal meat during the first Test against New Zealand. The match will start in Kanpur from 25 November.
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According to a BCCI directive, shared by NDTV on its website, the ‘catering requirements and menu’ for Team India include Halal meat. Under the important note, the directive states, “No Pork and Beef whatsoever in any form and variety. All meat items must be Halal.”

India recently defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the three-match T20 series under the captaincy of Rohit Kumar. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the first Test in the absence of Virat Kohli. Kohli, who quit as the T20 captain during the T20 World Cup, will return to lead the side in the second Test, starting in Mumbai from 3 December.

Suryakumar Yadav will replace KL Rahul for the first Test. Rahul, according to the BCCI, has sustained injuries and will be unavialable for the entire series.

India will travel to South Africa for a full-fledged series after the Test series against New Zealand comes to an end. The first Test against South Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 17 December.

India will play three Test and as many One Day Internationals during their South Africa tour.