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Red meat makes way for boiled eggs as India prepares for Bangladesh tour

Red meat makes way for boiled eggs as India prepares for Bangladesh tour

Hard-boiled eggs are in and traditional fried fare is out as the Indian cricket team begins a weeklong conditioning camp ahead of its tour of neighboring Bangladesh, local media reported Wednesday.
India suffered an upset loss to Bangladesh at the just-concluded World Cup in the Caribbean, hastening the former champion's exit from preliminary round of the tournament.
In the wake of its team's early World Cup departure, Indian cricket officials are leaving nothing to chance ahead of the Bangladesh tour, slapping a strict diet on the players.
"Every tour has its rules and regulations, and diet chart," Ratnakar Shetty, an Indian cricket board official told The Associated Press by telephone from Mumbai. "But I cant give you a breakdown of the food items."
But local Bangla-language television stations showed the team diet card, which prohibits red meat _ which includes fatty meat from goats and sheep _ and all fried food. Lean meat _ a term commonly used in India to refer to chicken _ fruits and vegetables are allowed, and boiled eggs are specifically mentioned as a good protein source.
Bangladesh ended its most successful ever World Cup campaign after qualifying for the Super 8s section and recording three victories including its five-wicket win over India and a 67-run win over South Africa.
Bangladesh which has retained most of its World Cup squad for the Indian tour, including captain Habibul Bashar.
The Indian team leaves for Bangladesh on May 7 to play a three limited-overs internationals, followed by two tests. The one-dayers will be played May 10, 12 and 15, while the tests will be held from May 18 and 25.
India last toured Bangladesh in December 2004, when the hosts registered their first ever limited-overs international win on home ground _ beating the more fancied India by 15 runs in their second match.
"The Indian team will have problems in the one-day internationals," said Debasish Dutta, a prominent Indian cricket writer. "The Bangladesh team has realized that it has potential in the one-day variety of the game."
Dutta predicted India will dominate the tests.
"Bangladesh has not done well in the test variety of the game," said Dutta.