Cricket is by far the most followed sport in India, and as much as we love all the other leagues, our heart belongs to IPL. The Indian Premier League has been a fan-favorite since its inception in 2008. IPL has been loved all around the globe not just by Indias but by people of diverse nationalities.
Despite all the entertainment that the IPL has given over the years, none of us can disregard the other side of the coin. From match-fixing allegations to teams getting banned for their alleged involvement in bettings to molestation cases, this tournament has made cricket a great money-making source for the BCCI, but sometimes in the wrong way. Add to it some shocking revelations by the cheerleaders which have clearly affected the league’s reputation.
Here is the list of 5 dark secrets leaked by IPL cheerleaders:
Some cheerleaders also accused the IPL governing council to be racist, as almost everyone selected for this job is white women. It is because the organizers of the league, don’t want any black person in a cheerleading department.
And according to reports, some cheerleaders have also stated that the organizers don’t want Indian girls to wear skinny outfits, which is a sign of racism.
2- Bollywood gigs
While watching some of the IPL cheerleaders you may think that you have seen those faces before. That’s because cheerleaders join the IPL through agencies that also supply dance troupes to Bollywood.
During an interview, a cheerleader has admitted that most of the girls of their group have been background dancers in Bollywood movies. She also added that her Bollywood gigs helped her in learning few authentic Indian dance moves.
Since IPL gets so much exposure, the players are always under pressure. To deal with this situation, authorities planned after parties for the players to relax and to rest, so they can perform for long in the league.
Even though after-parties have their own pros, lots of players started drinking alcohol and it led to atrocious events. In 2011, cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto raised her concerns over the flirtatious after parties. She had spoken out against all the parties that were going on through her blog.
4- Payment issues
Everyone thinks that the cheerleaders are living a happy life and receive hefty paycheques for their performances. But the reality is a bitter one as they only get a small amount of money for their hard work.
A few years ago, cheerleaders from the Rajasthan Royals franchise told that they don’t get their paycheques on time. They also have to adjust prolifically with their food and accommodation, as the team management has not provided them a proper place to stay.
One of the least talked points in the IPL is women’s safety. Cheerleaders reports often about the exploitation to the officials but authorities never took it seriously and never took any actions on it. According to the cheerleaders, most of the Indian audience treats them as sex dolls. They have raised concerns about how men in the stands look at them, objectifying what they wear and what they do.