Delhi Daredevils has secured their position in IPL 2018 after their back-to-back win against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in their last two league matches. However, Delhi team has been cautioned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for inviting cheerleaders to a celebrity golf tournament dinner ahead of their match against Chennai Super Kings on May 18. Also Read - Wicketkeepers Need to be Given More Consistent Run in Indian Cricket Team: Parthiv Patel
The invite of cheerleaders at the dinner event prompted Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to warn the Delhi team to protect cricketers from being contacted by outside people. According to reports, ACU hasn’t yet lodged a complaint regarding the issue but will be mentioning it in their IPL feedback report. Also Read - I Would Have Loved to Play Against Virat Kohli, Right Guy to Lead Indian Cricket Forward: Ian Botham
ACU official while speaking to a leading daily about the issue said, “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 cheergirls to the party is banned as the ACU code doesn’t permit any outsider to get close to the players.” Also Read - Cricket Australia Writes Letter Requesting to Host T20 World Cup in 2021: Reports
He further said, “Now that the team did it, ACU was alert enough to report the incident and briefed the team to avoid such situations in the future. The Daredevils don’t get cheerleaders to any of the private events. If the ACU officials are unhappy, they should talk to us.”
The IPL cheerleaders have been a part of post-match parties and dinners but after the spot-fixing activity, the BCCI has put an end to this tradition so that the game is clean and no such scandal takes place again in any tournament.