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‘BCCI, how do cheergirls help?’

cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2011 23:44 IST

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How do cheer girls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like "gladiators" in IPL system of cricket?

These were some of the questions that members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance posed to top BCCI officials, including its President Shashank Manohar, Secretary N Srinivasan and IPL Commissioner Chirayu Amin during a hearing on financial transactions related to the conduct of IPL.

While the BCCI top brass claimed that IPL would help the cause of cricket and attract more talent, it was at loss to explain the role of cheer girls.

It is learnt that the BCCI officials put the onus of introducing the concept on sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi. Some of the members of the Committee, headed by BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, also questioned the concept of auctioning the players like "gladiators". They said it reminded them of the Roman empire when men were sold to bidders. Manohar, Srinivasan and Amin were quizzed by the MPs about the alleged FEMA violations.