Curator Salgaonkar caught in sting operation

Pitch-fixing in cricket

BCCI on Wednesday sacked Pandurang Salgaonkar, curator of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune following allegations of "allowing people to tamper with the pitch" before the second ODI match between India and New Zealand. According to leading website India Today, its reporters "disguised as bookies" had the pitch curator agreeing to prepare the pitch according to their demands. "At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity".

Salgaoncar was dismissed by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and replaced by curator Ramesh Mhamunkar. "The ICC observer (match referee Chris Broad) has approved the pitch, the match will start on schedule", he said.

Footage shows former cricketer Pandurang Salgaonkar gave unrestricted access to the news channel's reporters who were posing as bookies. "The guilty will not be spared", said BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary following the expose. But before we have our urgent meeting, in the capacity of the MCA President, I have taken Mr. Salgaonkar under suspension with immediate effect, and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership with the MCA has been withdrawn. Pitch condition is good and there is more chance to score more runs as the boundaries are short.




The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want to bounce on the pitch and if it can be done, to which Salgaonkar replied, "It will be done".

Khanna also said that he has already written to Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) chief Abhay Apte on the issue. Under BCCI rules no unaccredited persons, including journalists, are allowed near the pitch.

In the New Zealand tour of India, New Zealand and India face each other in the second ODI today on October 25 at 1:30 PM IST.

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