In a bid to clean cricket and restore its credibility as a 'gentleman's sport,' the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to bar cheergirls and post-match parties from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Members of the committee discussed possible measures to curb corruption at length, as part of its 'Operation Clean Up' - and concluded that cheergirls should be kept away from the sport and that players and members of the support staff should not attend late-night parties. It also wants a strict code of conduct for the players, support staff and franchise owners and has decided to restrict the movement of cricketers in the dug-out and dressing room.
Other measures which were considered are jammers inside stadium to block cellphone signals and barring players to use ear-plugs. "The owners from now on will be restricted from entering dug-out and dressing room during matches. All players ands staff of franchises need to furnish telephone numbers with the BCCI before the tournament," interim Board Preisdent Jagmohan Dalmiya said.
Doing away with strategic timeouts - used by teams to discuss plans - was however not considered and it will continue as per normal proceedings.
With inputs from PTI