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Apr 28, 2008 at 07:35am IST

Operation cover-up: IPL cheerleaders 'wild' no more

Mumbai: After their skimpy outfits created a furore among the country's politicians, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cheerleaders have now "covered up" to ensure that there are no more controversies.

The cheerleaders were clad in their new attire for the IPl matches on Sunday starting with the game between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, and it certainly left less room for complaints.

The cheerleaders, dubbed by the politicians as too "wild" for the families who come to watch the IPL matches, were made to change their clothes for the jigs that mark sixers and boundaries during the matches.

CHEERING THE CROUD: Cheerleaders say that the fans have been appreciative of their work so far.

Their skimpy outfits came up for discussion in the Maharashtra Assembly with some members wanting the dances to be banned while West Bengal's Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty also raised the issue.

"We don't want to offend anybody. I think it's a small minority view (about them being too wild). But we will take it on board and address what we are wearing. So we have got a new costume to show off," said the head of Deccan Chargers' cheerleading squad.

Another cheerleader said the fans have been appreciative of their work so far and she was a bit surprised at their clothes becoming headlines in the country.

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