"Cheerleaders in IPL like walking porn"

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 18:26

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: A South African cheerleader has been fired from her Indian Premier League gig after writing a behind-the-scenes blog about cricketers misbehaving at post-match parties, media reported on Wednesday.

Gabriella Pasqualotto said she is considering taking legal action after the Mumbai Indians sent her home following a complaint from an unnamed cricketer about her blog, "The Secret Diary of an IPL Cheerleader", South Africa`s New Age newspaper said.

"I wrote what I experienced as a cheerleader. But I am considering taking legal action because I feel that I was fired over something small and silly," Pasqualotto told The New Age.

"I also think that the situation was handled unprofessionally."

In her first blog, Pasqualotto gives an insight into what it’s like to be cheering in front of thousands in the searing heat.

But things get spicier in her next post where she describes the atmosphere inside the VIP room and how cheerleaders are perceived "practically like walking porn!"

"MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been very polite and keep to themselves in the dark corners. Hotshots like Tendulkar with families at home are never present. The likes of Jonty Rhodes and Albie Morkel are notorious for having a good time with friends! `Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him," she wrote.

Pasqualotto, who was employed by Mumbai Indians, said "all eyes are on you all the time; it is complete voyeurism. The women double take, see you and then pretend you do not exist. The men see your face, then your boobs, your butt, and then your boobs again! As we walk, all you hear is `IPL, IPL!` with a little head jingle!"

Crying foul from her parents` home in Pietermaritzburg today, Pasqualotto said the organisers would not even allow her to cash traveller`s cheques or buy a phone card before bundling her onto a plane home.

Pasqualotto claimed that a number of other girls in the IPL had been "intimate" with cricketers and sponsors.



First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 00:00

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