ICC World Twenty20

SL cheerleaders an 'eyesore'

2012-10-04 16:19
Cheerleaders at the World Twenty20 tournament (AFP)

Colombo - Sri Lankan cricket authorities have complained to organisers about the cheerleaders at the World Twenty20 tournament after media criticism describing them as a "disgraceful eyesore".

Nishantha Ranatunga, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, told AFP that fans had also provided "negative feedback" after lacklustre displays by the local performers, who lead celebrations when wickets are taken and boundaries scored.

"The impression created by these cheerleaders is not acceptable," Ranatunga said Thursday. "We complained to the ICC (International Cricket Council) that this is harming the image of Sri Lanka.

"We had a lot of negative feedback which we passed on to the ICC as we had nothing to do with selecting the dance troupes."

The dancers, who are dressed in blue leggings, striped skirts and T-shirts bearing advertising slogans, have been attacked in the Sri Lankan media for their amateur dancing and un-coordinated routines.

"The sorry performance of the so-called cheerleaders is not only a disgraceful eyesore, but has show-cased Sri Lanka in a poor light to the entire world," the Daily Mirror said.

The manager of the cheerleaders, Sudev Abeysekara, was quoted in India's Hindustan Times on Saturday as saying that more attractive dancers were not available due to low wages.

"In an event like this you need good looking girls, and to get the beautiful girls who are professional dancers, you have to pay more," he said. "The payment is not that great."

He added that "the girls are not comfortable, the tights they are wearing slip down while dancing and the girls are busy tying them here and there."

Abeysekara, who was not available to comment to AFP, also said that the dancers declined to wear shorts as they "are conscious that parents are watching".

Event organisers said the contract for providing cheerleaders had been awarded to a foreign company which sub-contracted the work to a Sri Lankan firm.

Cheerleaders were popularised in cricket with the arrival of the high-energy Twenty20 format, and they have become a popular part of the annual Indian Premier League (IPL).

The first Twenty20 semi-final will be held on Thursday between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with the final on Sunday.

Read more on:    icc world twenty20  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Jennings loses SA U-19 job

2014-04-23 13:37

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

What was the No 1 reason for the Proteas losing their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final to India?

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.