Delhi Daredevils cheerleaders – With the Indian Premier League tainted with a dark history of match and spot-fixing, the anti corruption unit of the BCCI has taken a no nonsense approach when it comes to such matter to ensure the tournament remain clean and is played in the spirit of the game. After the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings were found guilty of fixing their matches, the BCCI decided to implement a new set of rules and incorporate an ACU to ensure that no illegal activities took place in the tournament. The Delhi Daredevils learned this the hard way after they were warned by the BCCI for not following the norms and regulations set by them. They were issued a warning for inviting Delhi Daredevils cheerleaders to a celebrity golf dinner n Gurgaon before their last match against the Chennai Superkings.
As per the rules set by the ACU, cheerleaders and other staff not related to the team’s management cannot accompany the team on such events or spend time privately with them. Known to encourage match-fixing, the BCCI had setup these rules to thwart any attempt of the same. The Delhi Daredevils who finished the IPL in last place were however caught with their pants down after their team management were made to look foolish for not being aware of the rules.
“These girls were invited. It was not that the cricketers were partying with these girls. The cheerleaders arrived, attended the dinner and left. However, the ACU has warned the team to ensure such a thing doesn’t happen again. Bringing cheer-girls to the party is banned as the ACU code doesn’t permit any outsider to get close to the players,” a top ACU official was quoted as saying.
The Delhi Daredevils meanwhile denied the allegations on their side. They claimed that the allegations were unfounded, denying any knowledge of the Delhi Daredevils cheerleaders or any other outsiders being present at the event or trying to get close to the players.
“The Daredevils don’t get cheerleaders to any of the private events. If the ACU officials are unhappy, they should talk to us,” a team source said.