Last year, the Washington Redskins cheerleaders took a trip to India to help teach aspiring rah-rah girls how to entertain fans of professional cricket. It seems to have been a successful visit, as lovely sideline ladies have become a staple of the Indian Premier League.
And one cricket team owner decided to take cheerleading tryouts one step further by turning the process into a reality TV series. Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood actor & co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders (a.k.a. KKR) cricket club, produced the series “Knights & Angels“, where contestants competed to take one of six open slots on the team’s cheerleading squad. The lucky gals were selected in early April, and were all set to peform for KKR during the team’s upcoming trip to South Africa.
Unfortunately, the girls never got the chance.
The HINDUSTAN TIMES reports that South African authorities decided at the last minute that no foreign cheerleaders would be allowed to perform, and that the cricket tournament would only feature South African cheerleaders. The KKR girls were informed of the decision before they left, but they traveled to Cape Town, anyway.
So instead of shaking it on the pitch, the KKR Six - Sanna, Samyukta, Ritika, Ananya, Sunanda and Rupali - watched the action from the stands with the rest of the fans. Well, maybe not quite sharing seats with the common folk, as Rupali points out, “We watched the match from inside the VIP box alongside Shah Rukh! It was fabulous.”
So, shall we discuss the specter of apartheid possibly making its unwelcome return … or look at more pics of comely cricket cheerleaders?