The England team, led by Ben Stokes, has hired a team chef for the upcoming Pakistan tour, including three Tests in December. A personal team chef has been hired following a briefing from players who toured Pakistan for seven T20Is before the T20 World Cup. The feedback from players and support staff was that the food on offer, particularly at match venues, was not quite up to scratch.
With a handful suffering from upset stomachs at certain parts of the tour, the issues encountered were far from drastic. No-one was ill for an extended period of time, and England went on to win 4-3 in an exciting series.
However, given the demands of a Test match, not least the back-to-back nature of the three-match series across 21 days in three different locations (Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi), having someone to oversee food preparation and tailor menus according to specific requirements and tastes throughout felt a necessary controllable to control.
Indeed one of Cricket Australia’s few regrets from their successful tour of Pakistan earlier this year was not taking a chef with them.