Sari-clad cheerleaders to grace 5th ODI

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Orrisa Cricket Association has decided to have cheerleaders in saris for the fifth ODI between India and England in Bhubaneshwar.

Updated: November 18, 2008 12:37 IST
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The fifth One-Day International to be played between India and England on November 26 in Cuttack promises to showcase more than just on-field action. Orrisa Cricket Association (OCA) has made an unusual decision to bring Twenty20 flavour into the 50-50 format of the game. Cheerleaders! That's right ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever city's Barabati Stadium will witness cricket with a pinch of glamour. Yes, only a pinch as the hot quotient of the whole concept will have a regional revamp. Cheerleaders will wear saris!

Ashirbad Behera, the OCA secretary who is organising the cheerleaders-in-saris show, told The Times: "This is the first time a One-Day International will feature cheering girls. But I will not have them dressing up in short skirts, as it would be against our culture and traditions. Our audience won't accept it."

The concept of 'Cheerleaders' in cricket came into existence when the world witnessed India's domestic league flooded with top batsmen and legendary players battling it out for the Indian Premier League's glittering inaugural trophy.

But will the cheerleader-in-saris be able to woo the audience? It's yet to be seen.

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