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No cheer for ICL cheergirl

The pom-pom girls of the ICL 20s Indian Champions got a rude shock late on Sunday. Just as they stepped out of the gate, a motorbike came from behind with the rider honking at them, reports Anam Arsalan.

cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2008 23:10 IST
Anam Arsalan

The pom-pom girls of the ICL 20s Indian Champions got a rude shock late on Sunday. After the match between the Lahore Badshahs and Royal Bengal Tigers had ended, the girls headed for their bus stationed at the stadium gate.

Little did they realise that danger was lurking nearby. Just as they stepped out of the gate, a motorbike came from behind with the rider honking at them. Before they could make way, the bike grazed past one of the girls, injuring her in the process.

The girl and her friend were quick to react. They caught hold of the pillion rider and slapped him. Soon, a crowd gathered and the hoodlums were handed to the agency handling security at the stadium.

Though the agency let the men go after giving them a stern warning, the ruffians returned with their associates and started stoning the bus. As a result, one of the girls sustained a minor injury.

Shariq Patel, the marketing and operations head of ICL, said, "It is sad that such an incident has happened in Hyderabad, which according to me is a safer place than Delhi and Mumbai."

Though the incident left her shaken, the girl performed at the stadium on Monday.

Apparently, on the second day of the event, another girl was molested at a popular disco here.