Watching the IPL through bloodshot eyes in the very early hours of an increasingly chilly southern autumn, the realisation finally dawned that for most franchises every member of every scantily dressed dancing trio was of European ancestry.
This pattern was not present when the tournament was held in 2008 and 2009 and it appears reasonable to assume that the preference for exclusively employing fair-skinned lasses to shake their pom-poms for each boundary and wicket is deliberate.
Considering Bollywood virtually revolves around attractive women shaking their tender bits the absence of any local girls, Chennai’s trousered troupe excepted, has left this writer unable to conjure an argument to excuse the blatant racism in the IPL’s cheerleader selection criteria.
I understand that most find it easier to ignore but it does raise unsavoury questions about perceptions of race, equality and sexuality within Indian society and whether India should be held to the same principles as the highly developed countries it aspires to emulate.
The reality is that the IPL is a vehicle in which India projects itself on the global stage and cricket aside, the message at present is far from flattering.