New Delhi: 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.