SHIMLA, Apr 24: Actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday lashed out at organisers of IPL matches for bringing cheerleaders to the stadiums and making a "mockery" of cricket.
"If you are so interested in deploying these girls who dance after hits of fours and sixes, it is better to give chance to the bar girls who have been rendered unemployed after Maharashtra government put a ban on dance in bars," Sinha said over phone from Mumbai.
"I am afraid that cricket, which has been shortened from five days to one day and now to the T20 format, might be reduced to 'Toss-Toss' in which the winner will be decided through toss," he said sarcastically.
Strongly criticising the move to bring cheerleaders from abroad for performing what he termed as "indecent dance" during Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, Sinha said it was "difficult to find cricket in these matches".
Sinha, who was also Union minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, took exception to the auctioning of players for the IPL tournament.
Shotgun Sinha appealed to the cricketing bosses to seriously ponder over the issue to save the glory of the great sport.