UK Cricket Club Turns Plant-Based To Become More Inclusive

'When other teams come to us, they pile their plates high. And when they eat the food, nobody complains'
Author:
Updated:
Original:
'Our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision' (Photo: Twitter)

'Our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision' (Photo: Twitter)

Earley Cricket Club in Reading, England has turned plant-based in a bid to become more inclusive for its Muslim and Hindu players. 

The club, which plays in Division 2 and Division 3 of the Berkshire Cricket League, now offers dishes including a vegan Moroccan tagine, curries and rice, lasagne and garlic bread, and spaghetti bolognese.

Chairman of the club's committee Gary Shacklady voted in favor of the plant-based menu after feeling the current meat-centric catering of sandwiches and cake excluded religious players from 'joining in fully with club life'. 

'Well received' 

According to the Telegraph, Shacklady said: "The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision.

"It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost. When other teams come to us, they pile their plates high. And when they eat the food, nobody complains.

"Although you usually get one middle-aged white man who is horrified. It's fine, he doesn't have to eat it. But the point is that everyone can."

Vegan cricketer

Last year, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli revealed that adopting a plant-based diet 'upped his game'.

According to the Times of India, Kohli said he was 'feeling stronger than ever before' since going vegan. Another source also reported the athlete had noticed improved digestion - and said Kohli wasn't missing meat, dairy, or eggs.