Cricket fans have slammed an Indian Premier League broadcaster as “disgraceful” after its female hosts rated male cricketers based on their looks.
Indian network Star Sports on Thursday aired a new 'Hot or Not' segment in which host Mayanti Langer, along with other three female presenters, played the controversial game.
A series of photos of IPL stars were shown, with the anchors being asked whether they would swipe left or right in a Tinder-inspired game.
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The likes of Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill and Andre Russell were among those judged. The anchors swiped left on legendary Indian batsman Kohli and rejected the 23-year-old Gill because he was “too young”.
West Indies all-rounder Russell, meanwhile, was complimented for his physique, with host Nashpreet Kaur saying: “I like the muscles, swipe right.”
A snippet of the bizarre segment was posted by an angry fan on Twitter. That has since resulted in a huge backlash against the broadcaster for objectifying the sportspeople in question.
One Twitter user wrote: “Just reverse the situation with male anchors rating female cricket players and we will have a sexual harassment and objectification allegation ready.”
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Another tweeted: “This could be one of the lowest points of cricket telecast in India, BCCI should take some initiative here so there won’t be any such kind of programs again.”
A third added: “Is this for real?” while a fourth wrote: “Have some shame.”
Meanwhile, a fifth commented: “Is this a Cricket related show or what….Starsports u are disgrace.”
And another added: “Imagine asking a senior anchor and married woman like Mayanti Langer to pick sides for a junior fellow like Shubman Gill. She was clearly uncomfortable.”
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