BCCI Pitch Curator suspended for alleged involvement in Pune pitch fixing

Lawrence Cooper
October 27, 2017

Pune: The BCCI on Wednesday suspended the curator of Pune's cricket stadium after he was seen on a TV sting operation claiming that he could tamper with the pitch ahead of the second India-New Zealand ODI. "At BCCI, we have zero tolerance towards any such activity".

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee Mr Chris Broad inspected the pitch ahead of the match and cleared the same for the game to go ahead".

Pandurang Salgaonkar has been caught on camera talking to their reporters, who were disguised as bookies, revealing that the pitch will be made according to their demands.

MCA president Abhay Apte mentioned that the board has sacked Salgaonkar with immediate effect.

What has left senior BCCI officials baffled is that Salgaoncar allowed a self-confessed bookie to accompany him to the main match pitch.

"So MCA will be making a detailed inquiry on what has happened or what has appeared on the television but before we have our urgent meeting", he added.

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"The MCA has also suspended Salgaonkar from all other positions in the association".

The tapes exposed a serious lapse in the Anti-Corruption unit of the BCCI, but the secretary said that the match must go on. Pitch condition is good and there is more chance to score more runs as the boundaries are short. Under BCCI rules no unaccredited persons, including journalists, are allowed near the pitch.

"A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated", BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri said in a statement.

Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way.

India are now trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first ODI by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

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