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Pune pitch curator involved in 'pitch tampering' allegations dismissed

26 October 2017, 12:50 | Stacy Ballard

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In the sting operation by India Today TV, Salgaoncar is seen and heard speaking to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie, while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium on the eve of the second One-day worldwide.

Reporters from India Today have disguised themselves as bookies and allegedly caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch.

"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".

Incidentally, curator Pandurang Salgaoncar spoke to Cricketnext on Tuesday and said that he is confident of avoiding a similar fate this time as India play New Zealand in the second ODI on Wednesday.

BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary added:"The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues".

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According to the India Today sources, India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI may not be called off.

Mr Rahul Johri, the CEO of the BCCI, stated: "A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Mr Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated". As per reports, BCCI in reply to the clustering corruption allegations has stated that they have taken cognizance of the matter and are further investigating the matter.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked for a detailed report.

Aiming to make a comeback in the 3-match ODI series against New Zealand, Virat Kohli's men were stopped in their tracks before the match even started after a sensational sting operation curtained the match pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.



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