'Sorry' performance by 'cheerleaders' at T20

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The sorry performance of the so called cheerleaders at the ICC World T20 is not only a disgraceful  eyesore but has showcased Sri Lanka in a poor light to the entire world judging by the disparaging comments they have drawn from the international media.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is furious at the way the country has been made the laughing stock of the world but feel helpless as it was the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its local directorate which had put Sri Lanka in this embarrassing position.“We played no part in it. What has happened is that the ICC had given the contract of supplying these cheerleaders to a private company which in turn hired a local company to provide the dancers.

Unfortunately neither the ICC nor that private company consulted us on the matter. It is obvious that SLC was in the best position to recommend the best local company for such a job. This mistake has resulted in projecting a bad image of the country to the world” said SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga.

Ranatunga felt that the Sri Lankan ICC World T20 secretariat which is run by Sri Lankan officials had also bungled when they failed to consult the SLC on the matter.

ICC World T20 Director Upekha Abeykoon Nell did not answer her phone and did not respond even to an SMS from “Daily Mirror” quite in contrast to 2011 ICC World Cup Director Suraj Dandeniya who promptly responded to all difficult issues and was available to media at all times despite constantly getting flak in the newspapers.

It has now emerged that Sri Lanka’s embarrassment has been caused by ICC stinginess and that the world cricket governing body had not spent enough money on the project. Obviously an embarrassment to Sri Lanka is of no concern to the ICC as long as they save a few bucks.

The man in charge of the dancers, Sudev Abeysekara, who himself is not too happy with the show had told the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times that the poor quality of the performance is directly linked to the poor payments. "The dance steps being performed are fine. But the thing is that in an event like this you need good looking girls, and to get the beautiful girls who are professional dancers, you have to pay more. The payment is not that great," he told HT.
Abeysekara had also told the newspaper that he received the contract late and girls did not have enough time to practice. "You need three-four months of practice, I have got 7-8 days to train the girls," he said.

Abeysekara had also exposed the cheap stunts of the ICC revealing that the podiums on which the dancers are performing are not up to the mark. One of them had crashed down during the opening day of Super Eights according to the newspaper.

Abeysekara had also blamed the poor quality dresses that had been supplied to the dancers. "The style and fashion is okay, but the quality of the dresses is poor. The girls are not comfortable, the tights they are wearing stipped down while dancing and the girls were busy tying them here and there. Most of our dancers will not wear shorts for an event like this because they are conscious that parents are watching" he told the newspaper.

The Hindustan Times which mocked the whole issue in an article titled “Cheerleaders? More like cats on a hot tin roof” said “The cheerleaders have proved to be huge crowd-pullers and have usually been found too hot to handle in all the editions of the ICC World Twenty20, from the South African beauties in 2007 to the Caribbean bomb-shells in 2010”

“Sri Lanka is a country where people know how to party. They can turn matches into one huge festival with non-stop music and dancing. Celebration and tourism is ingrained in their daily life. So, it is really surprising that their cheergirls are producing the blandest of shows. No wonder, even the TV cameras rarely pan in their direction”.

The article also quite rightly observed “It looks like a case of missed opportunity to draw wider attention to Sri Lanka's rich culture”. (Channaka de Silva)
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  • Shace-UK Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:06 PM

    Back in 2008/9 once we had the kandyan dancers performing instead of cheer leaders. not sure who's idea was that!!!! but that was great... why copy others when we have a heritage and something in our own to show....organizers next time please think
    "out of the box" and dont copy others specially the indians!!!

    sangeetha Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:06 PM

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How dare the organizer make references to the physical attributes of these girls. Not a gentleman by any means.

    yourspotlight@gmail. Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:50 AM

    What rubbish are these people talking,,cant they do some damage control and make the best out of this than just talking crap excuses..this is disastrous to the image of Sri Lanka..its not rocket science ,,just think creatively and get some good looking girls to do the cheer leading at least for the next few main games and save face..

    Cheerleader Fan Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:12 AM

    sorry the dancers are from moneragala performing the amazing snake dance..tough practise sessions at the dehiwela zoo..

    Raymond Punchisingho Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:13 PM

    Please don't blame the girls for their performance. Their dance steps and choreography may not be excellent, but is more than acceptable. The costumes are plain stupid, but then don't blame them for it. At least they have done their best in trying circumstances, maintained their diginity, and not tarnished the hallowed cultural image of Sri Lanka. Also don'y blame them for a half hearted and sorry attempt to ape the western world.

    hashhhsl Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:19 PM

    No sameera you have got it wrong! This is not about the girls but the whole "cheerleading" thing!!!

    Omar Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:19 PM

    This is what happen when you try to American when you are Sri Lankan!! Koheda yanne malle pol!!

    Trehan Munasinghe Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:54 PM

    .“We played no part in it. What has happened is that the ICC had given the contract of supplying these cheerleaders to a private company which in turn hired a local company to provide the dancers."



    Your money hungry idiots have ruined our image (at least somewhat) Cheerleaders are not essential , but if required we could have showcased our own dancers glad in more traditional attire...becoz the majority of our Sri Lankan public will enjoy the Cricket and not "Dancing Girls"

    What is wrong with your thinking... don't blame the ICC , this is still Sri Lanka and "YOU" could have stopped this...and made proper arrangements... Shame on you SLC !

    talking tom Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:56 PM

    southasian apaya is shown with these girls

    kapa ta pissu Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:39 AM

    Dont know much about PRIDE. But surely they don't know how to DANCE

    observer Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:18 PM

    call it holman dance

    Asaranakolla Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:18 AM

    Orgernizers not realized that advertising campaign was that devils mask and colour, rather than putiing these local dancers i think it was better to put devils dances / dummala yakkoo's dances as cheerleaders, that would be pretty interesting, all aswaha katawaha will archive for each boundries & sixes "lol"

    PAJ Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:29 AM

    sisila, Papare Band isn't western? Cricket isn't western? Maybe with the way u spell English u don't like anything western. But we do!

    Chams Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:33 PM

    Whenever we have an opportunity to impress the world we do exactly the opposite!

    PAJ Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:37 AM

    Oshanda, Kandyan dancing is our heritage alright. But it's not a sacred thing. It's for enjoyment of the public. It would have been brilliant to use it here. not only when someone hits a six as u say but for every boundary and fall of wicket

    Public Abilik Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:36 PM

    Hahahaa, It looks like they are break dancing, I think the last one is doing the 'Robot'. The person who designed the costumes should be slapped and hard! We've all seen the emails that's going around. some suggest the cheerleaders looked less than... Feminine?

    PAJ Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:37 AM

    Sangeetha, Yeah not a gentleman. But lady, these girls are plain ugly. Learn to live with the truth before being a feminist on every issue

    Zolo Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:44 PM

    Beauty is a physical attribute and most peoples judgement is that these girls are not beautiful as cheerleaders! Its a profession which need beauty. Comments against these girls should not be taken as discriminating them and the fact is that they have chosen the wrong profession.

    PAJ Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:42 AM

    Omar, America is not the only place where cheerleaders perform!

    Zolo Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:51 PM

    If someone need to have cheerleaders do it in proper way or dont have them in matches. Simple as that! Dont try to redefine cheerleaders or have a local version of it.

    Supun Perera Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:51 PM

    Why worry? The entire corrupt, lawless Banana Republic itself is a big JOKE among the International Community.

    Oshanda Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:57 PM

    Kandian dancing is our heritage , it is not for dancing when some one hit a six or four, you need better cheer leaders for the cause.

    mervyn perera Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:55 PM

    This is what you call tourism promotion Basil Rajapakse a d Mervin Silwa style. Three cheers for our tourism

    apitamai venne Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:55 PM

    as we are studying here in abroad we are seriously annoyed with this.

    karu Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:01 PM

    Poor girl.........Poor dancing...............Poor dressing

    Mida Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:01 PM

    as a srilankan i was so worried an indian freind told me .....
    " After looking at the Srilankan cheer girls in T-20 World Cup in Srilanka, you just can't blame Ravan for kidnapping Sita..:)

    is it bcz of our girls or poor cordination??

    duh Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:01 PM

    So are you a cheerleader for WT20? What's your point? That we are trying to make the foreign players disgusted to play so that SL can win? Seems to be working, but only a problem, even the Lankans seemed to be pretty disgusted of them. Otherwise a neat trick, same in the class as Arjuna's tummy!


    DeSelva Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:06 PM

    absolute eye sore

    Maheshwaran Appu Wednesday, 03 October 2012 02:08 AM

    Remove them from the remaining matches.

    RajasH Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:07 PM

    Cheer leaders or dancing girls and the never ending Sri Lankan national anthem are the only two negatives.
    lets us take the positives as a losing captain would say in his post match interview

    Hope Sri Lanka lift the cup and it shut every body up

    saranag Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:11 PM

    Absolutely disgusting!

    Shan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:10 PM

    Dance at 'Thovile' Only 'Kattandiya' is missing.

    Ganguly Wednesday, 03 October 2012 02:36 AM

    There would have been lots of vomit to clean up if any more was shown

    Sunnydz Wednesday, 03 October 2012 07:12 AM

    Lets face it in the sub continent besides India all the rest of the countries are way way behind in organizing a decent tournament !

    Boshie Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:10 AM

    Better get 'SIRASA' dancing stars

    vernon phill Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:04 PM

    Thai ladyboys would have done a better job.

    Curious Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:07 PM

    we should havdsome culture dancing which will be more appropriate to the country,

    Sujeewa Devarani Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:08 PM

    One look at these girls and all the cheer in you flies out of the window. You wont want to look at another woman after that.

    Imran Wednesday, 03 October 2012 07:24 AM

    Only option left with us is damage control. Let's get some banners organized at the grounds to show our protest with icc so the international viewers shall know this was not in the hands of sl organizers alone, and hopefully to to stop showcasing them at least in the finals. kandiyan traditional bera troupes in those stages would've certainly been such a hot addition.

    piyal Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:19 AM


    summer thorn Wednesday, 03 October 2012 07:32 AM

    Looks like everyone is missing the half naked ukrain girls.
    There is nothig wrong with these girls just because they are dark skinned. They are just rual girls rom sri lanka who are not exposed to events like this. If i am a parent of a girl in this group, I will not send them to the next match. To hell with others comments, dont let down them now. They are our girls.

    peeda mossa Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:22 PM

    Sorry performance ? " Horrible " would be more appropriate. Shall we call them " Gloom Leaders "?

    bugsy Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:22 PM

    I have seen better vadugapatuna.

    Mohamed Shihan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:41 PM

    We have few more matches. not too late. please take these shit pieces away. please. do not create more and more disgrace.

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:42 PM

    This is really embarrassing. First these girls are wearing dance practice clothes. Second where is the tidiness, make up, hair style, choreography etc. . This does not represent SLor world cricket at all. The SL girls who are spectators in the podium looks and dance better. Who is this A..H...Sudev Abesakera. Is he only looking after his profits. Please bring in new dancers for semi finals and finals.

    concerned Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:39 AM

    Kandyan dancers would have done even better job in a Sri lankan way.

    This is totally ridiculous

    Narardha Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:51 PM

    How this fellow said he is paid low when these girls are advertising "Reliance" in their tops. Now all have become money greedy p..s. Commission and cuts have become the priority.

    Narardha P. Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:55 PM

    How this fellow said he is paid low when these girls are advertising "Reliance" in their tops. Commission and cuts have become the priority.

    Mewan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:58 PM

    The main issue is that we have no national pride left. These people will sell their own mothers to make a buck. What an insulting and idotic comment to say that the girls are not good looking. Dancers dont have to be good looking just graceful which comes with training. This idiot probably has no experience in this type of thing but must have kissed someones back to get the contract

    Ab Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:01 AM

    If they couldnt find good dancers they should have hadno cheerleaders

    richardson Tuesday, 02 October 2012 04:12 PM

    No cheerleaders please WE ARE BUDDHIST S

    Appuhamy Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:53 AM

    This dancers are called Jim pung pung Japan pigang.
    Shame Srilanka the image they created before world wide audience.

    DD Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:18 AM

    I feel sorry for the girls lot of criticism.....even on FB...really cricket does not need cheerleaders...just b'cos IPL introduced this shit all are following it.....cricket is supposed to be a "Gentlemens game..."

    Tania Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:00 AM

    Exactly! At least have a backbone to admit his mistakes.

    cheer Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:27 AM

    could have brought IPL cheerleaders they were awsome and very flexible girls.

    Manjula Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:58 AM

    Channa/ Upuli , Please come forward with your girls and let the world know how talented we are.

    Achari Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:39 AM

    This is called T 20 Puppet Dancing brought down from Ambalangoda.

    mail_guy Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:02 AM

    I believe they are better that Kandian dancers.

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:40 AM

    Sudev Abeysekara needs to get his head examined, if he thinks he a can pass the buck so easy. How dare he call the girls not good looking in public? He should have his contact terminated. The dance steps are NOT OK, the costumes are NOT OK. You can't blame the girls, they are not professional dancers, obviously the people in charge have pocketed most of the funds.

    Rajo Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:03 AM

    Could have easily got down a bevy of Apsaras from Sigiriya

    Lobo Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:44 AM

    Not only embarrassing but also painful to watch. Can't blame the girls but blame the people who put them up on that stage. They were more like clowns than cheer leaders.

    willows Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:46 AM

    what happen to Channa and the group, they would have done a fantastic performance???

    Another Mervyn Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:51 AM

    They have made it a "Pawle semata ekata sita nerambiya heki" cheer-leading act

    Minister Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:56 AM

    Find a few aachchies from the area for this. It would have been much better!

    Nina H Kamal Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:24 AM

    Sori.. not Srilankan - Mihin pls.

    Cobra Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:53 AM

    Somebody along the line has made some mega bucks on this whole issue much to Lanka's embarrassment.Somebody says that cheerleaders should be beautiful. Our girls aren't stunners but they are pure native, only the costume that made them look bad. Who were the organizers trying to impress, the JHU? I feel so sorry for the girls.

    flipper Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:54 AM


    Kay Parker Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:57 AM

    These girls are from Hambanthota and a few of them have joined Srilankan Airlines

    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:58 AM

    we are the world champions in bungling the best opportunities. cheerleader saga is tip of the iceberg.

    rohan Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:59 AM

    shameful thing to watch .... we are ashamed who ever done this ....poor gils are embarassing on the stage.....

    Nodakin...me wage ketha weda

    Nihal de Silva Friday, 05 October 2012 09:28 AM

    In the absence of long limbed lasses with the vital statistics, instead of trying to ape other countries, we should have used 3 performing elephants from the Dehiwela Zoo.
    Each time a 6 or 4 was hit or a wicket fell, the animals could have trumpeted, played the symbols or stood on their heads,
    This would have provided some quality eye-catching action that would have been unique to Sri Lanka.
    What's happening now is a disgrace!!

    ANTON Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:03 AM

    Good fof KAAWADI dancing.

    siva Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:05 AM

    Poorest dancing show I ever saw in an international T20 match.

    Country image is very important.These matches are watched almost everywhere.Shame on the organisers

    Sanje Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:08 AM

    SLC should take full control.How come ICC take decisions in SL? it shows how bankrupt BCCSL . Still not too late it's better to stop even now rather than inflecting further damage to the SL image.

    ukku banda Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:51 AM

    I agree with some of the comments, what happened to our pride? We are world famous for our kandyan dancing, what about our traditional drummers?. This was a great opportunity to show case to the world our culture and heritage. There some VDO clips being played at the venue as well as on the TV, but what more opportunity than the cheering stages. I don’t agree that we should blame the girls; they are just doing what they are told to do. Also I am sure that reliance might be jumping down the throats of the parties responsible as it looks bad on their brand as well.

    haha Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:54 AM

    cheerleaders lata lol v vana c

    Sunny Boy Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:12 AM

    Im happy that this has been exposed in the Media.
    The organisers should have hired dancers instead of ghost busters !

    Citizen Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:20 AM

    If I was organising, I would have used volunteers from schools instead. Dance students could showcase their talents and secure future contracts with dance troupes across the country if they put on a good show.
    Look at the Olympic games! NONE of the performers were paid! They did it for their own experience and exposure so they could put it on their CV that they have danced at such a prestigious event!!
    Sri Lanka has a golden opportunity to really make an impact with this event. Little things like this make outsiders believe we're still a developing nation that can't be trusted to look into detail

    Gunapala Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:03 AM

    This is not a big deal! Just get over it guys! Mistakes do happen and let's make sure we learn from it :)

    Shalini Friday, 05 October 2012 08:24 PM

    Western or eastern dancing, fair or dark skinned, wouldn't have mattered if it was delivered tastefully. This is embarrassing to watch.

    ProtestBuster Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:33 AM

    This article itself and most of the comments (of those people quoted in the article and those who have responded to the article) are in such poor taste. The complaint is that the girls are bad looking but there is more to it, reading between the lines, that is, they did not show enough. All these people want to use girls as sex objects.
    What a shame !

    Bodu Goviya Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:19 AM

    Dude, its nothing to do with any religion.

    samara Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:40 AM

    I think these girls are as good as white women, but our people want to see more glamour, skin color is the issue here

    sara Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:36 AM

    In 90 s THEY laughed at Arjunas huge tummy. But he led the world cup with his tummy. Reminds me Mahathma Ghandis words. Sooo,, Let them keep laughing. Who cares. Its our way.

    Bodu Goviya Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:26 AM

    PB, Absolutely idiotic comment. expression is poor sorry thumbs down dude

    T20 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:31 AM

    samara its nothing to do with skin colour but its the performance

    Little Johnny Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:47 AM

    There you go...country's image going for a six!!!

    T20 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:35 AM

    well said

    Donga-The-Bonga Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:47 AM

    Why on earth did we decide to have 'cheerleaders'???? We could have just gone with the drummer-boys like in the 2011 world-cup.

    T20 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:36 AM

    turn blind eye...we are good at that

    LOl Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:48 AM

    What a funny reply..."Most of our dancers will not wear shorts for an event like this because they are conscious that parents are watching" he told the newspaper." Entire world is watching, parents agreed to dance. but complaining on dress. Before the dress, age is the problem. they look 40+. and their body is not supporting to what they suppose to do. probably organizer got millions and hired people who are not a real Cheerleaders so they can pay a less and make good profit and run away with the big sum.

    samitha Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:52 AM

    The way they are dancing my memory is going back to Kandy Perahera.

    Doctor Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:51 AM

    may be they dont pay for these ladies too.....

    LOl Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:51 AM

    What a comment made by him: "Abeysekara had also told the newspaper that he received the contract late and girls did not have enough time to practice. "You need three-four months of practice, I have got 7-8 days to train the girls," he said." you don't need to train Cheerleaders if there are really Cheerleaders. You need to train, when they are not in the same field. obviously hired ordinary people to pay less. If you train for months, you need to pay them for 3-4 months. so you hired for a week. again good margin was an intention.

    Cheerleader Fan Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:46 AM

    Wow lovely snake dance that's being performed..Hired from moneragala..Practise sessions at the dehiwela zoo..

    sisila Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:55 AM

    At last you got it right....Samara...... BUT Cheerer leaders is not our out kettle of fish... its 100% western cultuer..... SL doest not bottererd about cheelearder as lond as Paparre Band with them..... who care about them....

    Lotua Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:32 AM

    not from Ambalangoda ..they r from Hambantota .

    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:52 AM

    protestbuster, you are just dumb as the organizer of these cheerleaders. oh my god..........why can't you understand that we are talking about the image of our country and how we missed it big time ?

    Cheerleader Fan Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:49 AM

    Wow fantastic snake dance by the cheerleaders..die hard practice sessions at the dehiwela zoo i guess..

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:54 AM

    The idea of having "cheer" leaders is to bring pleasant cheers to the spectators but unfortunately, these girls bring "tears" to the eyes when one thinks of the missed opportunity to showcase the real beauty and talent of Sri Lanka to the whole world. We do have plenty of both for sure.

    kingasanga Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:51 AM


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