While aspiring Indian model Poonam Pandey reiterated her promise to remove clothes if India wins the ICC Cricket World Cup in Mumbai on Saturday, an NGO has appealed to the 19-year old to strip for animals.
In an open letter to the Kingfisher model, PETA India’s chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura, wrote to Pandey: “I wonder if you would consider using your skin to save animalsâ€™ skin and make cricket fun for everyone, animals included, by starring in the buff in an ad for PETA to urge the International Cricket Council to switch to synthetic balls?”
PETA – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is an international charity working to improve conditions for animals.
Joshipura wrote to Pandey: “We at PETA are cricket fans too and, like you, believe that cricket should be fun, but there is nothing fun for the animals who are skinned to make cricket balls.”
“Wonâ€™t you consider stripping for a good cause and help us call on the International Cricket Council to show that cricket is truly a gentleman’s sport by choosing synthetic balls over leather ones?
“Your involvement would both turn heads and win hearts to the cause of animal protection.”
Earlier, the cricket fever for the India-Pakistan ICC World Cup semi-final at Mohali had got hotter, with the aspiring actress revealing her intention to reveal all if India won the final encounter.
Poonam Pandey says she will shed her clothes in the view of thousands if India wins the Mohali semifinal against Pakistan, and also wins the world cup.
She says she will also consider a players’ dressing room peep show if the Indian cricket board allows it, according to media reports.
The Indian cricket team is already feeling the pressure to win the most-watched cricket tournament in India. India has won the Cricket World Cup only once, in 1983.
Poonam’s intention to strip for the national cricket team is similar to Argentinian Luciane Salazar and Paraguay’s Larissa Riquelme who had promised to FIFA World Cup.
The aspiring Bollywood actress refutes allegations that this is her way to get free publicity.
Poonam says, “I’m a cricket fanatic and I’m a die-hard supporter of my nation. India needs a lot of support and this is my way of supporting the team.”
Wonder how this will help the team. “Absolutely not,” she tells media. “I’m confident of my body and I’m doing this to excite our boys to play better.”
The self-proclaimed die-hard cricket fan has even started a Facebook page to support the men in blue, many of who are not married yet.
The 19-year old Kingfisher model from Mumbai is one of the most downloaded pictures on the internet.