The skimpily-clad, beaming cheerleaders — who have been victims of propositions and obscenities — will have to skip the Indian Premier League matches held in Navi Mumbai. So the police have decided.
Beginning this Sunday, when Mumbai plays Hyderabad, five IPL matches will be played at the D.Y. Patil stadium in Nerul, and none of them will see any cheerleaders.
Following objections raised by legislators in Maharashtra on Wednesday, the state home department asked the Mumbai and Navi Mumbai police to take a decision on the issue before giving performance licences for the cheerleaders.
On Thursday, the Navi Mumbai police told organisers — the D.Y. Patil Sports Academy which owns the stadium — that cheerleaders would not be allowed at the IPL matches.
“We don’t want the cheerleaders to perform here. There are cricketers to perform and the crowd to cheer. The cheerleaders are not needed,” Navi Mumbai police commissioner Ramrao Wagh told the Hindustan Times. “We have instructed the event organisers not to have them at the stadium.”