Cheerleaders are distracting: Afridi

Updated: 24 April 2008 17:52 IST

The explosive batsman says the cheerleaders are a distraction and should be removed from the ground.

Hyderabad:

Cheerleaders during Indian Premier League (IPL) matches may have added glitz and glamour to the cricket but Pakistan's Shahid Afridi is not amused.

The explosive hitter wants IPL organisers to remove the cheerleaders. "The girls in skimpy dresses should be removed from the ground as this is distracting the batsman," he told newsmen on Wednesday.

"Cricket itself is an entertainment. It does not require such cheerleaders to entertain," said Afridi, who played his first IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here last night.

Afridi could score only two runs as his team Deccan Chargers lost to Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets. This was his team's second defeat in a row. Afridi had missed his team's first match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Two teams of cheerleaders were standing on specially erected platforms on either side of the ground, dancing to every run scored by Deccan Chargers' batsmen. They were also seen dancing to the hit Hindi film numbers.

Topics : Cricket Shahid Afridi
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