25
Apr
08

Maharashtra joins Afridi’s Cause

Up until yesterday, I had the feeling that Afridi was a lone ranger out in India having shouted out loud against the ‘unnecessary’ inclusion cheerleaders in the ongoing Indian Premier League and deeming it ‘distracting’. But not any more.

It seems like the Maharashtra government has indirectly joined the ‘Afridi-cause’ by condemning the ‘vulgar’ acts on display by the cheerleaders with “bulging breasts and gyrating bellies” and have been dubbed as “worse than bar dancers who were making mockery of cricket!”

Actor-turned-politician, Shatrughan Sinha also seemed irked by the presence of cheerleaders and went on to say:

If you are so interested in deploying these girls who dance after hits of fours and sixes, it is better to give chance to the bar girls who have been rendered unemployed after Maharashtra government put a ban on dance in bars!

Indian Social Activist, Swami Agnivesh outrightly rejected the cheerleading concept and said it is degrading Indian culture:

It is the height of vulgarity and it should be stopped. People in the age group of 10 to 70 years come to see matches with their families. In a country like India, the public representation of obscenity will not be tolerated!

It seems like the idea of importing the cheerleader-effect from the United States has had severe implications for the IPL. While there are many including Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shahrukh Khan who believe that there is nothing wrong with bringing this element of entertainment to the world of cricket, the protests against cheerleaders and their routines is growing day by day.

Time will tell how the cookie crumbles.

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10 Responses to “Maharashtra joins Afridi’s Cause”


  1. April 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    Jennifer Lancey

  2. April 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

    The central and core issue is that we are having ‘double standards’, rampant
    ‘hypocrite hypes’ in our utterances and actions. Our political system is not the exception. They are working and acting in the vested interest of ‘survival’ and ‘vote-bank’, less or never on the open and bold ‘come whatever it may’ hard realities and truths. No body has ‘guts’ there.

    Shatrughan Sinha’s remarks in this context, ‘If you are so interested in deploying these girls who dance after hits of fours and sixes, it is better to give chance to the bar girls who have been rendered unemployed after Maharashtra government put a ban on dance in bars!’ speaks and smacks well the ‘real issue’!

  3. April 25, 2008 at 11:20 am

    if u listened to what Shatru said he said there are so many things on the field like “women commentators, cheerleaders, women presenters” etc that are bad for cricket. seems like he wants an all male game. pretty weird for a guy who comes from Bollywood. I bet these politicians tried to get the girls’ numbers but were turned down. Could be a case of sour grapes.

  4. 4 Kumar
    April 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Mr shotgun Shatru has a history of making mountain out of mole hills. This is nothing new from him. There is nothing wrong with bringing cheerleaders in to cricket. What really is wrong is the dirty mind and the sleazy fantasies that people associate with them. The cheerleaders themselves have complained that lewd comments and ogling from spectators are proving at best a tiring distraction and at worst sexual harassment. What about that?

  5. 5 Parveen
    April 25, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Oh please! Ask these politicians and swamis what does moral policing have anything to do with cricket. Its a commercial ploy that attracts millions and provides entertainment. Stop dragging your filthy politics in the game and let people enjoy ok?

  6. 6 emran
    April 25, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Such hoola hoo against such beautiful women who work their asses off to please the crowds and entertain them? Bad politicians! BAD!

  7. 7 sajida
    April 26, 2008 at 11:53 am

    as if the ITEMnumbers were not enough the playing fields of cricket in INDIA are turning into DISPLAYING FIELDS.where is the indian society heading to.

  8. 8 Sunil
    May 23, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I really can’t understand how Shahid afridi can comment about the cheerleaders in IPL India is a democratic & secular country unlike pakistan which is a islamic country..In India we have different kind of people including the one who are cheer leaders..and its a individual choice.. So he can’t say no to cheerleaders and politicians try to impose there own agenda…

  9. 9 rafi naseri
    August 1, 2008 at 12:55 am

    she is good
    she has big breast its good for kisssssssssssssssssssssssss
    i love she

    naseri


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