A Sticky Wicket for Aarti Chhabria

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Former Miss India Worldwide, Aarti Chhabria has been chosen as the new face of IPL cricket for its second year. She’s very excited by the development: “I’m totally fascinated by the game. Over the years, the game of cricket has changed. I would call it cricket-cum-entertainment now, or cricketainment.”

Aarti is having to make a lot of changes in her style as she moves from being Bollywood actress on the big screen to Sports-host on the small screen and is having to rapidly develop a new set of skills. What made her choose to get involved? “The basic reason that I agreed to do this was because the image of cricket has changed. The opportunity was a good one. I’ll be hosting the show from October 10, along with former cricketer Atul Wassan. The show will be about cricket, but I will be concentrating my role more as the host of the show and will not get involved in the technicalities of the game.”

Aarti’s Bollywood career encompasses movies such as Shaadi No.1, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Partner and Heyy Baby. “For me, this will be a very big challenge. Ever since I’ve got this offer, I’ve been a little more alert and have been reading up a lot on cricket. Yes, I’m a little nervous, but I’m ready. I’m really looking forward to getting on the show.”

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