May 10, 2011: "The guys (in the IPL) treat us like meat", says a South African dancer who was summarily sent home after exposing the antics of some of the players on a blog.
Gabriella Pasqualotto, 22, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that she was put on the first flight home after being a cheerleader for the Mumbai Indians since last month, following complaints to league officials about her blogging.
Picking up her comments on Twitter, the website www.alternativecricket.com asked Pasqualotto to write a regular blog.
After just two entries, a fellow cheerleader tipped off an unnamed player, who in turn informed the organisers.
In the blog, which has since been removed, Pasqualotto wrote: "Old Graeme Smith will make eyes at anything - while his girlfriend is walking behind him."
Another entry read: "The Aussies are naughty. These cricketers are the most loose (men) I have ever encountered."
"I’ve still got to stay here a long time, so I have to keep by my list of hints: Beware of cricketers!" she said.
Crying foul from her parents’ home in Pietermaritzburg today, Pasqualotto said the organisers would not even allow her to cash traveller’s cheques or buy a phone card before bundling her onto a plane home.
Pasqualotto claimed that a number of other girls in the IPL had been "intimate" with cricketers and sponsors.
"It’s a joke. We can’t go anywhere without being surrounded by huge crowds. And some of the girls did not behave themselves," Pasqualotto said, adding that this was despite warnings from IPL organisers about behaviour on their arrival in India.
These instructions included not visiting players.
Craig Livingstone, spokesman for former South African captain Smith, told Beeld there was no reason to comment, while Cricket South Africa media spokesman Michael Owen-Smith said it was a matter for the IPL only.