UK's first vegan cricket club: Players ditch sandwiches to be more inclusive

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A cricket club has become the first in the UK to go vegan after Muslim and Hindu players were excluded from tea between innings.

Players at the Earley Cricket Club in Reading, Berks, are now served a menu featuring vegan-friendly Moroccan tagine, curries and rice, lasagne and garlic bread and spaghetti bolognese.

The committee voted in favour of replacing the traditional platter of sandwiches and cake following a campaign by chairman and opening batsman Gary Shacklady.

The 33 year old, a primary school teacher who set up the club 12 years ago and is vegan himself, felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded from joining in fully with club life.

He said: “We had one member who was very against it.

“He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.”



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