The nocturnal IPL parties may have been discontinued by new IPL chairman Chirayu Amin but that hasn't stopped the cricketers from playing games of a different kind. Gabriella Pasqualotto, a Mumbai Indians cheerleader, blew the lid on their activities on her blog and was promptly given the marching orders last week.
"I was sent home as if I was a criminal. I was treated as if I had taken drugs or done something awful, and I was never offered an opportunity to give my side of the story," the 22-year-old South African revealed to a website back home.
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Her blog came under the scanner after a fellow cheerleader blabbed about it to the Mumbai Indians players. One of them - an Aussie who had a guilty conscience according to Pasqualotto - complained to the IPL chairman, who brought her India sojourn to a swift end, depriving her of a month's earnings for her indiscretion.
Pasqualotto gave a clean chit to the Indians who preferred the company of 'dark corners' rather than shapely cheerleaders: "The few Indian players we have met, such as MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been very polite and keep to themselves in the dark corners."
But the Aussies and South Africans were a little more adventurous. "Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him. The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. By the end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissing catchers with three girls known to me only, although he has his own girlfriend back home. He cooed to each girl, 'Come home with me, I just want to cuddle!'"
Pasqualotto also had time to take a swipe at the aam aadmi. "To the citizens, we are practically like walking porn! All eyes are on you all the time; it is complete voyeurism. The women double take, see you and then pretend you do not exist. The men see your face, then your boobs, your butt, and then your boobs again!"
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She concluded with a few words of advice for those who wish to follow in her footsteps: "I have come to realise that cricketers are the most loose and mischievous sportsmen I have come across. Makes me wonder if I should worry about them more then the commoners on the street!
Tip number 1: 'Beware of the cricketers!'"