IPL April 10, 2010

Presenting the new cheerleaders of the IPL

The Rajasthan government may have banned the dancing girls but Andrew Hughes has a plan
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How would Ravi Shastri describe this move? © Associated Press
 
Recently, I’ve been looking more closely at cheerleading (no sniggering at the back, please). I don’t know about you, but I find it slightly uncomfortable watching these girls do their stuff. Even when I am alone in the house, I can feel the disproving gaze of generations of elderly aunts. IPL commentators have a similar problem. Given that stating the obvious is pretty much their job description and that they are under continual pressure to say something, anything, the restraint they exercise when their monitors are filled with nothing but gyrating young women in short skirts is noble.

Stop right there, I can hear the weary reader ask. We’ve done cheerleaders already! It’s old news. What possible excuse could you have, two and a half years after the first agitation of a pom pom at a cricket game, to witter on about it again? Well, I’m glad you asked me that. It just so happens that earlier this week, the state government of Rajasthan banned cheerleaders at all Jaipur’s IPL games. Thus cheerleading is topical and I have something to write about. Big thanks to Prabha Rau and friends.

So. Cheerleading. Just like a proper journalist, my first and indeed last stop on the research railway was Wikipedia. Therein, I learned that cheerleading began in America in the 1890s when some jumped-up little herbert decided that it wasn’t enough for a crowd to amuse themselves; they needed organising and their willy-nilly cheering channelling in a constructive fashion. There were lots of other paragraphs after that, though I forget the details. I’m not a proper journalist, after all.

But why has this alien tradition been transplanted to the great game of cricket, leading to the discomfiture of the sofa bound viewer and the discombobulation of the fine politicians of Rajasthan state? There are three possible explanations:

1. Let’s get vulgar for a moment. IPL cheerleaders are (by and large) attractive young women. They are therefore employed for the sole purpose of diverting half of the crowd. But diverting them from what? Presumably from the cricket. But isn’t that the very thing that they have paid good money and queued for three hours to see? That doesn’t make much sense. I mean, when you go to the ballet, do they present you with a selection of cricket magazines to distract you from the dancing?

2. They are necessary to organise the crowd’s jubilation. Hmm. Thing is, from what I have seen, Indian crowds are quite able to put together a cheer (not to mention a roar, a scream and a little dance) at very short notice and entirely without direction. Whose cheers are they leading, these cheerful women from various parts of the United States? The crowd know what is happening and have already been shouting about it long before the leaders of the cheer clamber onto their podium.

3. The most plausible of the three. Some poor chap in a suit found that his mind had gone blank right in the middle of an IPL blue sky thinking session. The room fell silent and the miscreant felt a little bead of perspiration on his forehead as Commissioner Modi prepared to press the ‘minion trapdoor’ button. Then suddenly, he remembered seeing girls in short skirts during the World Twenty20 in South Africa. “Cheerleaders!” he shouted. Modi didn’t immediately send the man plummeting into the tank of sharks below and so the idea slipped quietly into the minutes.

It looks then, as though cheerleaders are here to stay. Apart from in Jaipur, obviously. It is worth noting however, that while the government of Rajasthan have banned female cheerleaders, they have not banned cheerleading. If his Modiness is in a particularly cunning mood (and my bet is that at any given moment, he is feeling more cunning than a fox with a particularly devious chicken apprehending scheme) he could draft in some Rajasthan-friendly replacements.

But which of Modi’s cronies could be relied upon to do the job? You need someone who isn’t embarrassed about making a spectacle of themselves in public, who can dance to any tune and yet isn’t likely to excite the libidos of innocent viewers. I know what you’re thinking. The answer is staring us in the face. Yes, step forward Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Daniel Morrison. Give it up for the Mischief Boys! They’re scary, they’re unwary and their legs are rather hairy!

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Suresh on May 5, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    You need someone who isn’t embarrassed about making a spectacle of themselves in public, who can dance to any tune and yet isn’t likely to excite the libidos of innocent viewers.

    Perfect description for Gavaskar and Shastri. Who else does it describe? Andrew, how could you overlook Harsha 'His Master's Voice' Bhogle?

  • Shabuddin on May 3, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Can have some dance or performs in between innings break like ICL had or NBA have. Not when wickets fall or Four or Six Please ... People pay to watch cricket and not cheer leaders. More over their performs is in bits and pieces and same thing again and again.

  • James Lawler on April 20, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    i am a cricket fan and really like 20 20 as its a lot of fun. The Cheerladers really add to the event. I think they are attrative and do some great dancing. We had cheerleadera at Lords last season for the IPL game and they were great. All 20/20 games should have them

  • Livic on April 16, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Those who love the game, never bother about cheerleaders or dance girls! It is stupid to write about them. In europe it is a profession and I know those who are studying are also going for cheerleaders class. All are ready to watch bollywood movies with bikni dance and beach scenes which are much worst! Come out of your narrow mind. Remember cricket is an international game and IPL though a domestic tournament largely played by international cricketers across the world. Just dress alone is not a culture. Honesty, sincerity, respect are also best part of the culture.

  • Raju on April 16, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    good to see IPL in india please play more for entertainment and less for businesss

  • Nutty Crazy- Sunil on April 14, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    One good thing that has happened here is that Andrew got tons of comments or compliments for this article. Few of you have advised to turn off the Televisions , i would go with that, just turn the TV off if you don't like it. Cheerleading is a profession like any other job and let them do there job. The filthy minds will always be filthy. If this queation was asked lat year i would have supported not have cheerleaders as Last two years with Cheerleaders was worst as the TV camera was going more towards dancing rather than showing Replays, i want to see replays not someone shaking Booty's. This year this is much better we see more cricket rather than Cheerleaders. they are are here to stay and let them make money. Good thing is We are Feeding Americans now.... Which is a great acheivement. Whetehr like it or not Lets us enjjoy the game.... and watch the booty Shaking...

  • Sam Cooke on April 14, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Hey, getting raid of the cheerleaders are putting those ladies out of a job. Let the ladies do their stuff. These is nothing wrong with that. Who ever think it is vulgar, their minds are vulgar and filthy and not the cheerleaders. If you do not want to see the cheerleaders, take off your tele when it is being shown on or close your eyes and get a life.

  • paul on April 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    come on india i thought you were a good sporting nation the cheerleaders dont do any harm to the game of cricket, i would suggest that the girls come in their G- STRINGS maybe that would stir up some of those old farts who have nothing else to do but criticise everything. stay home and play marbles.

  • essdee on April 14, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Lousiness sucks....... I enjoy every bit of IPL minus Modi. Numerous other issues worth paying attention in India. Wake up guys............

  • Ignore them on April 14, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I noticed during last nights game that the locals seated near the Cheerleading stage were paying absolutely no attention to the cheerleaders and seemed to have their own approach to cheering going on. It seems the girls are there purely for the TV viewers. The locals ignore them.

    Has anyone noticed that the TV close ups reveal the "dancers" in question are not that attractive anyway? That's not really the issue but curious. I see send em back to the land of the cheerleader.

  • Suresh on May 5, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    You need someone who isn’t embarrassed about making a spectacle of themselves in public, who can dance to any tune and yet isn’t likely to excite the libidos of innocent viewers.

    Perfect description for Gavaskar and Shastri. Who else does it describe? Andrew, how could you overlook Harsha 'His Master's Voice' Bhogle?

  • Shabuddin on May 3, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Can have some dance or performs in between innings break like ICL had or NBA have. Not when wickets fall or Four or Six Please ... People pay to watch cricket and not cheer leaders. More over their performs is in bits and pieces and same thing again and again.

  • James Lawler on April 20, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    i am a cricket fan and really like 20 20 as its a lot of fun. The Cheerladers really add to the event. I think they are attrative and do some great dancing. We had cheerleadera at Lords last season for the IPL game and they were great. All 20/20 games should have them

  • Livic on April 16, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Those who love the game, never bother about cheerleaders or dance girls! It is stupid to write about them. In europe it is a profession and I know those who are studying are also going for cheerleaders class. All are ready to watch bollywood movies with bikni dance and beach scenes which are much worst! Come out of your narrow mind. Remember cricket is an international game and IPL though a domestic tournament largely played by international cricketers across the world. Just dress alone is not a culture. Honesty, sincerity, respect are also best part of the culture.

  • Raju on April 16, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    good to see IPL in india please play more for entertainment and less for businesss

  • Nutty Crazy- Sunil on April 14, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    One good thing that has happened here is that Andrew got tons of comments or compliments for this article. Few of you have advised to turn off the Televisions , i would go with that, just turn the TV off if you don't like it. Cheerleading is a profession like any other job and let them do there job. The filthy minds will always be filthy. If this queation was asked lat year i would have supported not have cheerleaders as Last two years with Cheerleaders was worst as the TV camera was going more towards dancing rather than showing Replays, i want to see replays not someone shaking Booty's. This year this is much better we see more cricket rather than Cheerleaders. they are are here to stay and let them make money. Good thing is We are Feeding Americans now.... Which is a great acheivement. Whetehr like it or not Lets us enjjoy the game.... and watch the booty Shaking...

  • Sam Cooke on April 14, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Hey, getting raid of the cheerleaders are putting those ladies out of a job. Let the ladies do their stuff. These is nothing wrong with that. Who ever think it is vulgar, their minds are vulgar and filthy and not the cheerleaders. If you do not want to see the cheerleaders, take off your tele when it is being shown on or close your eyes and get a life.

  • paul on April 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    come on india i thought you were a good sporting nation the cheerleaders dont do any harm to the game of cricket, i would suggest that the girls come in their G- STRINGS maybe that would stir up some of those old farts who have nothing else to do but criticise everything. stay home and play marbles.

  • essdee on April 14, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Lousiness sucks....... I enjoy every bit of IPL minus Modi. Numerous other issues worth paying attention in India. Wake up guys............

  • Ignore them on April 14, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I noticed during last nights game that the locals seated near the Cheerleading stage were paying absolutely no attention to the cheerleaders and seemed to have their own approach to cheering going on. It seems the girls are there purely for the TV viewers. The locals ignore them.

    Has anyone noticed that the TV close ups reveal the "dancers" in question are not that attractive anyway? That's not really the issue but curious. I see send em back to the land of the cheerleader.

  • B S Kumar on April 14, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Cheerleaders in the IPL are a nuisance, really. More of Modi's cheap marketing unimagination. The ONE thing he should know about Indian cricket crowds is that they're already delighted and deliriously happy to be there and will expend plenty of energy without having been "led" by dumb cheerleaders, many of who may not even know the game!

  • csk01 on April 14, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    I'm going to guess there aren't a lot of Americans posting here, as I've found very few fans of cricket here (though I'm trying to spread the word!). I'm not from India transplanted to the U.S., I am native born American, born and raised in the heartland of the country, so perhaps I have a unique perspective? Cheerleading is definitely an American sports device, and the earlier poster is correct in pointing out that baseball doesn't have them. In fact, outside of American Football, the cheerleaders are largely ignored. Football cheerleaders are more visible and organized, and tend to do a great deal of charity work in our communities. In American culture, they do not distract from the sport itself, and in my singular opinion, don't add much either. I truly love cricket in all forms and while the cheerleaders don't offend me, I do have to say that I think the sport is more noble and respectable without them.

  • Hemant on April 14, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    Frankly who are we to say anything in favour of or against cheerleaders. You only have to look at the crowds at the cricket grounds to realise that most spectators are fine with them. T20 is not 'serious' cricket - IPL definitely is not. So the point about keeping it 'serious'...a gentleman's game etc etc , frankly does not cut much water. Besides if the concerned lot here who have been applauding Andrew's article are so unhappy about how Modi had made a mockery of cricket why don't they just switch off their TV sets and wait for the 'serious' cricket season to begin? The continuously rising TV ratings are proof of the fact that IPL/T20 including cheerleaders are here to stay. And I bet the minority who disapprove, including Andrew, will keep watching it! Remember what the naysayers said when coloured team uniforms were introduced in 50 over cricket? Live with the times people! You might soon have day-night test matches - and then we can have another article from Andrew!

  • rohit on April 13, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    nice one, andrew! liked the humour - modi's minnion button n the mischief boys.. lol!

    kidding aside, test matches and ipl are as different as staple food and bhel-puri. we like our bhel puri to be spicy n tangy. my folks watch it and they are conservative - it is not crossing the line. all izz well!

  • Mohsin on April 13, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    IMO the real cheerleader is Lalit Modi

  • K.Prabhakaran on April 13, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    As like we have professional mourners for death ceremony (In hindu custom we do hire people to cry around the dead body), professional Orators in political meetings, side actor in films, it is very neccessary to have cheer leaders in cricket. Though sometimes we may miss watching the ball hit for six... but will never miss those..?!

  • M.I.Saeed on April 13, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This commercialisation in the name of this noble game is taking cricket away from us. Afterall people have always thronged the grounds and gladly glued to their telies, to express their fondness of the game, without the vulgar distraction of semi-nude ladies performing at the drop of a hat. Commercial hachos are not highjacking cricket but kidnapping it on gun-point, loaded with lethal ammo of big bucks & glamour girls.

  • LAFerr on April 13, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    "Please improvise your writing style, its high time."

    Comments like this make me giggle - oh, the irony :-)

  • Alfred on April 12, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    What was it Harold Pinter once said? You can have sex before cricket or you can have sex after cricket, but the point is cricket is in the middle.

    Cracking article, Andrew!

  • Nutty Crazy on April 12, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    I beleive the true meaning of Cheer Leaders is to Cheer the Leaders, So it wont be a bad idea for the team who is behind in the game gets lap dances and the team cheered up during the MAX Mobile time out and then see the result.

  • ramesh on April 12, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    haha this is a good one

  • kpvidya1999 on April 12, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Advice for true fans " hear no Cheer leaders, See no CLs, talk no CLs". Be like Arjuna, the warrior, who saw only the eye of the bird. For the rest of us, CLs are as much part of the ebtertainment as the crackers, Sachin and fireworks. And they are not disturbing players or audience. Millions of us watch IPL b'cos its entertainment and not stupidly intense like nation to nation matches. Of course SRK is a BORE. Hope some good actors are associated with Pune and Kochi too.

  • dinesh Hosakere on April 12, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    I hope there is no need for girls to stand and dance as people dont come to see their dance but cricket There is no need for dance as cricket is famous and people come to see cricket only... This kinds of cheap tricks is not necessary This may one day lead to bad consequences.... rgds Dinesh H

  • Silent Observer on April 12, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Cricket needs to import another idea from USA - has anyone associated with cricket ever watched "the metadors" of Chicago Bulls... chubby men cheerleading in a chorus - now that will be sight to watch in 20 World Cup.

  • Alex on April 12, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    I thought in the last line that you were going to say Warney!

  • Indian on April 11, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Personally I dont really care all that much since they arent really shown much except when a 4 or 6 is hit. It isnt like NBA games where the come in during a break or halftime and put a show. Its fun to watch but with india and its conservative view especially with older generations there will be huge problems like there always have been. Like when that guy/group filed a complaint to arrest shilpa shetty because richard gere kissed her. These types of people shouldnt be allowed to have a say since they ruin everything for others because they dont like it. Maybe in 25-50+ years indian youth will be allowed to date and such things wont be viewed as a vulgar thing to anything related to "india".

  • Andrew Hughes on April 11, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    As ever, thanks to those who took time out to comment, it is appreciated.

    There are still one or two people insisting that I hate the IPL, no matter how often I protest the opposite. The IPL features regularly in this column at the moment as it is the diary of a cricket watcher and I am pretty much watching nothing else. I am enjoying IPL 3 just as I enjoyed IPLs 1&2. But like any other tournament, it is not exempt from being the subject of a little gentle humour or the occasional wry observation.

    The Rajasthan government's actions do raise more serious issues about gender and culture, which are a long way outside my remit, but many of you have made good points on this subjects, particularly, in my opinion, NKV. I also agree with Omar that the performers at the World Twenty20 in 2007 (and 2009) were dancers rather than traditional cheerleaders.

  • raja on April 11, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Andrew, this is Raja from CF. Love the article - witty as ever. :-)

    Nice to see so many comments, arguing both sides of the debate. Fair enough - each person is entitled to his/her opinion. It would not harm though if some people developed a bit of a sense of humour and read your article in that light.

    Personally, I consider cheerleading completely unnecessary in a cricket match in India - for reason#2 in your article. If the cricket is gripping, you don't need cheerleading. If it is not, cheerleading isn't helping to make it gripping. But then, I will probably be dismissed as old-school-of-thought. :-)

    Keep it coming. I thoroughly enjoy reading your articles.

  • Satyajit on April 11, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Mr. Andrew, please don't provide wrong information here. I am now watching LIVE Rajasthan Vs Mumbai IPL match played at Jaiupur now, and I have seen cherrleders are dancing. How come you say that Rajasthan Govt. has banned cheerleaders. You are unnecessarily after cheerleaders. Please stop writing anymore on this topic.

  • Shubhang on April 11, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    You can criticise cheerleaders in cricket if you want, but you can't dismiss them as non-entities, they all train very hard and are quite dedicated to their art. I spent a semester at an American university and very often the cheerleaders spent more time training than the sports teams they motivated. Since then, I have a lot of respect for these fine women.

  • John on April 11, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Why "BE" degree in mechanical engineering? Even Cricket doesn't belong to "Indian Culture" or "Indian History". I think we should be playing only Kabbadi or hide-and-seek, if we go by our culture or history. Whoever opposes cheerleading, is like those religious extremists, who want to coverup the women from head to toe. Get over it, and enjoy cheerleading. It is fun!

  • mg on April 11, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I don't have a problem with cheerleading per se... If the cheerleaders are Indian (and linked to the team in question in some way) that would be more natural and logical. In fact the Bollywood girls associated with the team can lead those cheerleading teams and Indianize the concept and take it a step further...

  • Balu RN on April 11, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I find all this noise about cheerleading rather strange and amusing. And come to think of it, Rajasthan Government banning cheer leading while in all other Congress ruled states, they have given it the thumbs up sign!In my opinion, cheer leaders enliven the atmosphere in the stadium. As it is, watching a cricket match inside a stadium is a totally different experience as compared to watching it from the comfort of one's living and the concept of cheer leaders just goes to add some more fun to the whole experience.And why are we becoming such a humorless,funless society? After all, did'nt we have scantily clad women dancing in front of the King and his entourage in the days gone by?And why be spoil sports when the present day generation wants to have some fun in the form of cheer leaders?

  • anil chauhan on April 11, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    hilarious! good fun!

  • michael on April 11, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Cheerleaders are a part of T20 Game,a short version carnival atmosphere,Guys grow up,India is developing rapidly and we are very proud of that but lets not go into a shell and still live in that stone age.

    There are so many other things that should be put right,so please don't ruining this fun loving T20 carnival type Cricket tournament fans dreams.

    I am watching all this fun from Italy and enjoying every minute of cricket.

  • usman on April 11, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    it is cricket not modeling or a dancing club people gather for cricket their i appreciate rajistan government

  • NKV on April 11, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Whoever bans cheerleading is an hypocrit. It is very fashionable for Indian right wing politicians to talk about "Indian culture", "Indian History" and all those mundane slogans. The truth of the matter is that they want to have control over the female expression. Getting a BE degree in mechanical engineering was also not part of "Indian culture". But everyone wants to gets one. As time changes we have to change also, only then a country will prosper.

  • prakash on April 11, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    hey i think its too much to connect cheerleading with anything like society or culture...they r just adding fun to a game..if cricket matters then T 20 a comercial version of cricket shouldn't be there..it matters entertainment now..and so who wants to see cricket see nly test cricket and don't bother about T20s..and yaar chill we r in 21st cent..and if we can resist and see hollywood movies wid family we should give aplause to cheerleaders as they do practise a lot for games..and indian leaders please do something to develop country apart from ur sex ,females,and save society and all stupid agendas.....

  • Satyajit on April 11, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    If one can't watch cheerleaders with elders, then how they watch bollywood movies with elders. This politicians are dumb. If they ban cheerleading, they should ban bollywood movies and public shows of bollywood actrresses with short clothes.

  • Steven on April 11, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Yet another example of American culture being adopted without thinking. Stand up for your own culture folks, wherever you are.

  • correct_point on April 11, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    All of you have badly/sadly mistaken. Cheerleading was supposed to be introduced to cricket a longtime ago. This was when Sunny was batting in both tests and ODIs. This was not introduced then as it would upset Sunny's concentration, and was almost forgotton until Sunny became a commentator..... Have you noticed the cheerleaders jumping high when Sunny is commentating. Next time watch closely.

  • John Grisham on April 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Why not have CL's do BharatNatyam after every over. That way it will be Indian in nature. Jai Hind

  • PK on April 10, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Cheerleaders - America invents and India Commercialises well!!!

  • Qurram on April 10, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    This may be a kamasutra nation but what happens in the bedroom remains in the bedroom. This may be a bollywood nation but we have the option to switch channels or turn off the tv if Malaika is doing murder with Emran. Now, I am unable to sit and watch these girls perform "hips don't lie" to cricket matches if kids are around. This is also affecting commentary since each time a wicket falls or a boundary is hit, the camera points to the gyrations and commentators go "speechless". And, btw if people who think it's ok with cheer leaders, why not get some indian girls on stage to dance. Isn't it hypocrytic to say it's ok to have cheer leaders as long as they are not indian?

  • Parag on April 10, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    The guilt is in your mind. I live in USA and I never feel guilty about watching cheerleaders on TV. I am not sure why should anyone feel that way. It is just a part of sports that people in India need to get acustomed to. In fact, cheerleading is a good thing because it creates jobs for women in Men's sports. Indian women should learn some skills and get a piece of IPL pie.

  • azhar on April 10, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Andrew,

    tired of your hate filled articles. agreed that the cheerleaders are absolutely not needed. But why read a new article sledging IPL every day. if you do not like an Indian league getting popular; learn to live it.

  • salman on April 10, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    People who really think that cheerleading is ok in Indian cricket shoud ask themselves as to why indian girls are not the cheerleaders

  • CP on April 10, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Good article..the last sentence was just too good..imagine shastri, gavaskar & morrison dancing...oh man its really scary & funny...

  • Kailash Mathur on April 10, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Cricket is so interesting, it does not need cheerleaders. They are a waste of money.

  • FanCric on April 10, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Great shot by Rajasthan Government. They have shown the right way to these non-sense, foolish "cheer girls". I hope in future non-sense, rubbish, silly, commercial venture, non-cricketing event IPL too would be banned by every State Government.

  • vancouversun on April 10, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Really funny piece , especially the ' His Modiness pressing the button' line! His Modiness has made the game his fiefdom, hasn't he? Has made the bowling over three balls long, has forced commentators talk about the bizarre MRF balloon the rest of the over, leaving no space for any meaningful insight from them. (if they have any insight left at all! They are no more insightful than Mandira Bedi is about nuances of test cricket.)

    Let this cricket fan watch his game in peace, please?!

  • Ulio on April 10, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    IPL is great but a lot of junk has been added to it. I reckon your modiness just wants to leech every single penny he can before it is too late.

  • sid on April 10, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    boring to see many jealous psychic wannabes commenting in this forum, not to showcase their thoughts but to use this as a medium to insult modi

    they r incapable of anything...and feel their opinions really matter...pathetic

    except for some guy like me holidaying, i doubt if any1 pays attention to d insults and remarks...to top it all, these intellectuals are anonymous..ROFL

  • kakadelhi on April 10, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    No voice from 'women lib' aunties in India on women being presented as a 'product' to please men?

  • Rahul Saxena on April 10, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Great piece, Andy. But I really wonder at times, what exactly is your problem with the IPL? Coz you pretty much bash everything they do all the time.

  • Rajesh K. on April 10, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I find the cheerleaders neither attractive nor good dancers. They are a nuisance (IMHO). I would much rather see beautiful Indian women, perhaps Folk dancers (like Bharatnatyam, Bhangra etc.). Lots of Indians can use the money as well. Rememeber India is still the most impoverished nation (at least among those playing cricket here in IPL).

  • sajjan on April 10, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    yeah.. they look dumb and stupid..with their fake smiles and ridiculous clothes..I live in the US and i find them stupid here so they look all the more out-of-place in India.. I hope they are not included in the next IPL..nice article..

  • Vijay on April 10, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    I love the cheerleaders and I think they are about as much distraction as food or drinks served at a game. They add to the experience, and don't detract from it. It is funny that there are those who don't mind playing an English game, but do mind an American addition (almost makes you forget that it was the British that colonized us).

    These are beautiful women who by the way seem pretty athletic themselves, and if you can't find beauty in the female form, you are probably also the type that would think the sculptures in Khajuraho and Konark take away from the main purpose of the place. To the hypocrites who don't mind gyrating, half naked dancing around the trees songs in Bollywood movies but do so at a cricket game, stay at home and switch channels when the cheerleaders come on!

  • IC on April 10, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    If cricket on field and beyond did/does not evolve in this direction people like Andrew Hughes would never had chance of posting most of his "cricketing jokes" including this. All these are entertaining but taking the Nobel game to a "No Bell" game and I see no turning back. Roles of Modi, Andrew, cheer leaders reminds me of the evolution of bikini, pretty entertaining but think a little bit, each driving cricket in the same direction on different roads/lanes on a Porsche, TukTuk and a Bullock card. Too much of anything becomes boring, so I sincerely hope none of these get into further extremes.

    Anyway, thanks for the entertainment.

  • david on April 10, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    i do believe that the cheerleaders take away from the game and it brings something that not many true cricket lovers approve of, something western and immoral, a bunch of girls wearing minimal clothing and gyrating as if they worked in a strip club. i do understand the nature of their job but as a whole i dont think it does any good for cricket just make it another primal attraction(sex)

  • dip on April 10, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    we should cheer for Cricket not for Lady of short skirt

  • Rahul on April 10, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    T20 is synonymous with high intensity affair. I reckon cheerleaders add to energy may be who's relevance should be limited to Max mobile timeouts. IPL franchises would do well to self regulate on cheerleaders moves !!

  • PB on April 10, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I guess ppl who support inclusion of cheerleaders in IPL with bollywood, need to know to strongly realise this is not bollywood.. People here had come to watch cricket, no bollywood show... I know they will argue that lots of bollywood personalities are involved in IPL... bt they r here for business, not any bollywood razmatazz... About growing up, just following american tradition dont define youth or the fact that u r grown up... I m just 23 n I strongly feel this.... U r more responsible when u r young.. N this is just rubbish.... Why do u need these american girls to dance on every 4s?? People dont actually pay to watch these girls n its pretty uncomfortable at times to watch IPL with elders coz of this reason... Mr. Andrew - I support you... N the modernisation oriented (read - americanised oriented) people, be more responsible rather than just bobbling u r developing n enjoying the game more due to the dancing short skirts!!

  • jb-indian on April 10, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    @chstrig totally agree with you.. my post is quite similar to yours I think.

  • jb on April 10, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    The concept of cheerleading has gone for a toss in the IPL. Think about it - Preity Zinta being excited about her team is actually much closer to the concept of cheerleading than having imports dancing around when they don't even know cricket. Note I have no problems as such having imports doing cheerleading. If Australians mix in with Indians and cheer the Deccan Chargers that would be quite natural. IPL in south africa having south african cheerleaders was natural - the main point being that the cheerleaders were part of the community and understood what cricket is/was. It is bad taste to have American/East European imports dancing around when they really don't care/know about cricket and don't belong.

  • Marissa on April 10, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    I agree with Omar.

  • john on April 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Personally, I like the cheerleaders. They add to the overall atmosphere of the game, and don't take away from the cricket itself. This is 2020. The whole idea is that it's a fun, fast paced, and modern game. Doesn't the idea of scantily clad women add to that image? The focus is on the cricket, yes, and the cheerleaders are simply the cherries on top. Cheerleaders are popular in US sports, and they definitely don't take away from the football and basketball games that are viewed by millions. Now, if this was test cricket, a purist form of the game, it would be a bit much, but that's not the case - the whole idea of 20 20 is very progressive. The cheerleaders are just a part of the whole, and make the games more fun and exciting.

  • Shabut on April 10, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Somebody mentioned in the comments above that ite's a "part of the IPL product". This is quite demeaning and just another insult to women who are being presented as a men serving commodity nothing else.

  • Ska on April 10, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Another answer is staring us in the face - the Page 2 writers of cricinfo (except Zaltzman) and Martin Williamson. Mr. Hughes could lead them and keep them all in great spirits with his witty observations.

  • autiger on April 10, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Great article. I disagree with others who say IPL is a bad thing for cricket. The quality of cricket is pretty high and unlike any other professional sporting leagues, it is very competitive. Neverthelesss, I feel cheerleeding in IPL is totally pointless and annoying. Mr. Modi's idea of using gyrating women and scantily clad "celebrities" at stupid IPL parties to attract audience is short sighted. Pure unadulterated t20 cricket is the real deal.

  • Srini on April 10, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    They’re scary, they’re unwary and their legs are rather hairy! Hahahaha brilliant....awesome read :)

  • smartest alec on April 10, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    It's quite simple...the cheerleaders are there to "entertain" the hordes of people watching the game on the telly. Doesn't mean that I agree with the concept though...

  • khan on April 10, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I totally agree with andrew and thankx for bringing this up. with cheerleaders, cricket is no more a family fun thing and off course i wouldnt let my kids watch this NOBLE game of cricket anymore.

  • mak on April 10, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    its embarassing to the game of cricket. I use to watch cricket with my family unfortunately coz these cheerleadres NOT ANYMORE.

  • samvik on April 10, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    I like the cheerleaders. They are a joy to watch when the cricket is not so interesting. This time the cheerleaders are wearing costumes which are not vulgar.

  • Larry on April 10, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I, for one, would support the handing out of cricket magazines at the ballet. Top idea, that.

    No opinion on the cheerleaders (well, that's what I tell my wife, anyway)

  • mayukh on April 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    according to me there is no such vulger in cheerleaders,ya u can opt for the change of their dress code but banning them is totally a foolish thing 2 do.....i don't agree with this article.....

  • Anurag Bhidel on April 10, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    that last line is a gem!!!! great article andrew

  • Anonymous on April 10, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    cheerleaders doesn't distract us...if u wanna get distractd by them then itz ur choice...itz the part of the game n we mst appreciate it,n not regret it......

  • jay on April 10, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    The CLs are Modi's gift to his nerdy son.

  • chez on April 10, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Come on,Thats silly.,i am sure most people are entertained by cheer leader's. just accept it .chennai has the worst looking cheerleaders.Cheerleaders= short skirts

  • chstrig on April 10, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    While the concept of cheerleading itself may not be problematic the way it has been executed in the IPL is certainly one with absurd consequences. The basic identification of a cheerleader is to cheer for the home team and to encourage the home crowd to cheer louder. But the understanding remains that the cheerleaders must possess the need to identify with the home team and the home crowd. White and blonde, distinctly surface the absurdity of cheerleading's application in IPL. There are basically no white and blonde in the crowd. The girls are not indigenous to the home ground. On what basis then do they cheer? To pick a stereotype of cheerleader and then to present them as cheering, legitimately, is to fool the spectators - and through extension, it is to demean the game into a mimic. A mimic that isn't even thought out well enough to come across as not absurd. A mimic for the sake of itself.

  • lolling on April 10, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    The cheerleaders can stay in any form of cricket....just let them perform during intervals of course (and not the same old tired routines). In t-20, the stadiums are often rammed and the crowd is into it, so the best time for the cheerleaders to get a proper audience is during the intervals (yes even the max mobile time out) but it makes too much sense, so I guess it won't happen lol.

  • sudeep Sharma_Nepal on April 10, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Cheer-leading brings vulgarity to the cricket and embarrasment to the true cricket fans.

  • Jav on April 10, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Kama Sutra nation (lols @ RKG). Personally; I fee that there is more Vulgarity on TV all the day and night than these South African dancers doing cheerleading.

  • Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on April 10, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Whats the beef against cheerleaders...they brighten up the game and make it far more interesting for the viewers. In fact our footie premier league could do with cheerleaders at half time to spruce up the game.

  • HUD on April 10, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    No need to stop cheerleading! In fact they can add more characters like clowns, Mickey Mouse, Elmo...etc

  • dj on April 10, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    he he he... awesome...

  • vikas on April 10, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    First of all I think you are banning all comments written against your whining blog and publishing comments like "Man U rock". Rajasthan banned Cheerleaders because Rajasthan has congress govt which is against Modi. So thats a simple thing to understand. and one last thing dont make fun of people like Gavaskar, you haven't done anything important in life to get those rights!!!

  • @ALI on April 10, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    T20 is certainly a different format, its still cricket. IPL and its Bollywood association makes it unique. Still cheerleaders don't fit in. Even when they do perform, its the same moves over and over again. I would rather have the cricketing governing bodies make a decision rather than State Governments

  • Papu on April 10, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    The general trend seems to be criticizing IPL nowadays......but i guess Indian people are more than happy to have the IPL and it is rather bizarre for others to criticize it bcoz it is not meant for them.........

  • sahil on April 10, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    The answer is staring us in the face. Yes, step forward Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Daniel Morrison. Give it up for the Mischief Boys! They’re scary, they’re unwary and their legs are rather hairy! ........ lol ... i can only imagine them dancing........, can't stop laughing

  • MC BadBoy31 on April 10, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Well Andrew, I do appreciate the fact that it is quite embarrassing for some viewers and espacially the elderly ones when they are in front of their kids or grandkids; they do feel quite a bit uneasy indeed. Espacially when you are watching the game in front of a family... but moreover I don't feel that as the whole fact. Well sir, I think the audience which they apply into, is totally different, nonetheless as t20 is more distinctive, therefore I would rather love the maximum distinction, and as me myself is a young guy, well... nevertheless I would love such entertainments which are filled with full of young and gorgeous girls! I don't watch the IPL alongside with my family, therefore I do absolutely love them! No point of creating a fuss about them, because they apply for younger generations more, and I think a maximum exitement with t20 cricket can only be those fit girls. They don't cause an offence, rather a bliss. So c'mon gorgeous girls!! Keep it up for the t20.

  • sanketh kumar on April 10, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    lol. funny n spot on.

  • Praga on April 10, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Come on.....when Bollywood, Gollywood do it, they name it art.....when foeigners do it....they call it unculturale......come on...when are we stopping this double-standard.....

  • Vineet on April 10, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @ANDREW.....Man u rock...

  • Abhinav on April 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    That 'Minion Trapdoor' line totally made my day!

  • Rich on April 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    The cheerleaders/dancing girls are great and should remain part of 20/20. The game is entirely different from the likes of test cricket and I think anything which emphasises that difference can only be good for the game. Many, like myself, love all forms of the game but those who only like one particular form should surely welcome maximum distinction.

  • lion on April 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Grow up people. If you can't accept this, then you should banned most of your bollywood movies.

  • Rishabh on April 10, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    The Mischief Boys - have you ever seen a cheerleading squad that dances and commentates at the same time?

  • rajesh kandadai on April 10, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Great piece, Andy. Mr.Modi, doesn't give a hoot about cricket and in the long term is detrimental to Indian cricket and IPL and little does he realize that it is frustratingly uncomfortable to watch all the razzmatazz amidst , I should admit, some quality cricket. Unlike the football premier league, where the table leaders are quite predictable, IPL has an element of surprise as all the teams can upset any team as it needs only one great knock to turn the match.

    This makes IPL a far more competitive league to watch, if not for wretched showbiz devised by Mr. Cunning Modi and bunch of obese BCCI officials who never played a game of cricket in their life.

  • Nitin on April 10, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    hahahahhaha.. the f1st and 3rd points are priceless

  • imra on April 10, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Andrew Hughes !!! you r absolutely spot on i very endourse 100% wat u said in above lines. cricket is already a fun by and large noble and gentlemen,s game .MODIIII !!!! dont scrape it only for the mischief boys.............applauds to Andrew Hughes great article

  • RKG on April 10, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Kama Sutra nation banning cheer leading?. It is just a game with dancing girls, what is wrong with it. They are not dancing naked. Old farts need to get their head out of their asses and let the young enjoy the game.

  • Gav on April 10, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Andrew, Cheerleading in cricket started at the first world T20 held at the South Africa. For me, it is the part of the product - not something Mr Modi thought about. It worked well at South Africa, it is working well now. About being vulgar - now comeon guys, this isnt vulgar. My wife watches bollywood films and some of them are extremely vulgar - and rated 12! This whole system in India where politicians like to interfere in just about everything - except running the government (where they spend least of the time) is getting too much. Yes they are pretty girls dancing to the right tunes but I dont think there's anything vulgar about it - we watch it with whole family and it is part of IPL. Mr Modi, you're doing a good job and keep it up.

  • Yuvraj on April 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Mr. Andrew now its becoming boring reading your articles because you see youare looping around same facts, in same manner, with same style, and with same contempt. They are no longer humorous but are rather monologues. Please improvise your writing style, its high time.

  • sam on April 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    cheerleaders are en embarrassment to cricket. they are part and parcel of American sporting tradition- not anyone elses.. mind you, even cricket's distant cousin- baseball doesn't have cheerleaders. but i guess we are in the days of pink cricket balls and enough money in the tournament to feed a developing country... who am i to complain.

  • Parimal on April 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    "The answer is staring us in the face. Yes, step forward Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Daniel Morrison. Give it up for the Mischief Boys! They’re scary, they’re unwary and their legs are rather hairy!" Just too good -- this is what we look for in Cricinfo reporing of IPL. Andrew Hughes, we do appreciate your humour -- after the Sangakara piece, this comes pretty close.

  • Taha Iqbal on April 10, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Finally someone dares challenge Modi's supremacy - Hats off to the Rajhastan government

    Commercialization of this noble sport brought about cheerleading nuisance along - a true cricket fan can never approve of it - Cheerleading in a cricket game can only be appealing to a person least interested in cricket.

    Modi would be dead in 20 years but he would be remembered for butchering the game of cricket. Why? - coz he found a way to make cricket a money making machine for himself.

  • Omar on April 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Top read. Can't help but feel the cheerleaders at the World T20 in South Africa were essentially dancers, and served a different purpose. They are totally redundant in the IPl, and in cricket for that matter.

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  • Omar on April 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Top read. Can't help but feel the cheerleaders at the World T20 in South Africa were essentially dancers, and served a different purpose. They are totally redundant in the IPl, and in cricket for that matter.

  • Taha Iqbal on April 10, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Finally someone dares challenge Modi's supremacy - Hats off to the Rajhastan government

    Commercialization of this noble sport brought about cheerleading nuisance along - a true cricket fan can never approve of it - Cheerleading in a cricket game can only be appealing to a person least interested in cricket.

    Modi would be dead in 20 years but he would be remembered for butchering the game of cricket. Why? - coz he found a way to make cricket a money making machine for himself.

  • Parimal on April 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    "The answer is staring us in the face. Yes, step forward Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Daniel Morrison. Give it up for the Mischief Boys! They’re scary, they’re unwary and their legs are rather hairy!" Just too good -- this is what we look for in Cricinfo reporing of IPL. Andrew Hughes, we do appreciate your humour -- after the Sangakara piece, this comes pretty close.

  • sam on April 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    cheerleaders are en embarrassment to cricket. they are part and parcel of American sporting tradition- not anyone elses.. mind you, even cricket's distant cousin- baseball doesn't have cheerleaders. but i guess we are in the days of pink cricket balls and enough money in the tournament to feed a developing country... who am i to complain.

  • Yuvraj on April 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Mr. Andrew now its becoming boring reading your articles because you see youare looping around same facts, in same manner, with same style, and with same contempt. They are no longer humorous but are rather monologues. Please improvise your writing style, its high time.

  • Gav on April 10, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Andrew, Cheerleading in cricket started at the first world T20 held at the South Africa. For me, it is the part of the product - not something Mr Modi thought about. It worked well at South Africa, it is working well now. About being vulgar - now comeon guys, this isnt vulgar. My wife watches bollywood films and some of them are extremely vulgar - and rated 12! This whole system in India where politicians like to interfere in just about everything - except running the government (where they spend least of the time) is getting too much. Yes they are pretty girls dancing to the right tunes but I dont think there's anything vulgar about it - we watch it with whole family and it is part of IPL. Mr Modi, you're doing a good job and keep it up.

  • RKG on April 10, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Kama Sutra nation banning cheer leading?. It is just a game with dancing girls, what is wrong with it. They are not dancing naked. Old farts need to get their head out of their asses and let the young enjoy the game.

  • imra on April 10, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Andrew Hughes !!! you r absolutely spot on i very endourse 100% wat u said in above lines. cricket is already a fun by and large noble and gentlemen,s game .MODIIII !!!! dont scrape it only for the mischief boys.............applauds to Andrew Hughes great article

  • Nitin on April 10, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    hahahahhaha.. the f1st and 3rd points are priceless

  • rajesh kandadai on April 10, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Great piece, Andy. Mr.Modi, doesn't give a hoot about cricket and in the long term is detrimental to Indian cricket and IPL and little does he realize that it is frustratingly uncomfortable to watch all the razzmatazz amidst , I should admit, some quality cricket. Unlike the football premier league, where the table leaders are quite predictable, IPL has an element of surprise as all the teams can upset any team as it needs only one great knock to turn the match.

    This makes IPL a far more competitive league to watch, if not for wretched showbiz devised by Mr. Cunning Modi and bunch of obese BCCI officials who never played a game of cricket in their life.