It's a news report many of us would have read this past Thursday. A report on how the cheerleaders at the ICC World Twenty20 were a "disgraceful eyesore" and that they "showcased Sri Lanka in poor light". Sri Lanka Cricket waded in and blamed the International Cricket Council for choosing the cheerleaders, while the manager of the cheerleaders was quoted as saying, "to get beautiful girls, you need to pay more" - not something you'd have thought you'd hear around a cricket tournament, right?
It doesn't need to be reiterated that what really is disgraceful here are not the cheerleaders. But then again, the attitude of cricket's organisers and officials (or indeed sections of the media) - overwhelmingly male, of course - should come as no surprise.
Why are cheerleaders such a big part of modern-day sport? Why are attractive women, often actors or models, often with no intellectual investment in the sport in question, made to host sports shows? Why do we have the Lingerie Bowl on pay-per-view TV in America at halftime during the Super Bowl?