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Star Sports Get Backlash From Fans After Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell Feature In Hot Or Not Segment



In the controversial ‘Hot or Not’ segment, female anchors were asked to swipe left or right in Tinder style among the three cricketer.

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Screengrab of Star Sport’s controversial ‘Hot or Not’ segment. (Image: Twitter)

New Delhi: The Indian Premier League’s official broadcaster Star Sports faced the heat after new segment aired on Thursday showed women presenters rating the male cricketers in the league based on their looks.

In the video, known presenter Mayanti Langer and other TV hosts in the ongoing edition took part in a Tinder-style segment where they had to swipe left or right in a series of photos that were shown to them. The segment were reported aired before the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game on Thursday.

Among the cricketers featured in the controversial segment are Virat Kohli, Andre Russell and Shubman Gill. While the presenters swiped left on Kohli, Langer was left embarrassed when Gill’s bare bodied photo cropped up on the big screen.

The females however complimented Russell’s muscular physique. A clip of the segment went viral on social media with fans clearly not happy. “Imagine asking a senior anchor and married woman like Mayanti Langer to pick sides for a junior fellow like Shubman Gill,” an angry fan wrote.

In reply to that tweet, another user wrote, “She was clearly uncomfortable.” ‘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,” wrote another user.

Meanwhile, Star Sports is yet to comment on the matter.

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