Alleged match-fixing sparks controversy ahead of Blackcaps v India ODI

Lawrence Cooper
October 26, 2017

The last time India played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, the ICC labeled the pitch "poor", as the first match of the three-Test series between India and Australia had ended in the post-tea session on the third day.

The Board of Control For Cricket India (BCCI) vowed to take "appropriate measures" after the curator at the Pune venue for the second one-day worldwide between India and New Zealand on Wednesday was sacked for alleged malpractice.

The Aussies thrashed India on a turning track, bowling them out for 105 and 107 in a game that finished inside three days.

Earlier the President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Abhay Apte also today said that the association will conduct a detailed inquiry into Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar's claims that he could tamper with the pitch.

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The India Today footage of Salgaoncar talking to a reporter, who was posing as a bookmaker, was broadcast a few hours before the match.

The pitch is to be inspected by ICC referee Chris Broad, along with umpires, while a BCCI official told ESPN the match will take place on an adjacent pitch if needed. I will attend to it immediately and take the strictest action.

As soon as the sensational news broke out, the chances of the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand getting called off have increased significantly.

The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. "As of now, the BCCI curator from Mumbai has been asked to take charge of the ground", Khanna said, adding: "I have written to Neeraj Kumar (BCCI's Anti Corruption & Security Unit chief) and the MCA has been asked to submit reports". "The BCCI will continue to enforce strict measures in case of such misconduct in the future", said Johri.

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