Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operation

Arnold Nichols
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.

New Zealand were just out 230-9 after a pitch-tampering controversy threatened to disrupt the second one-day worldwide in Pune on Wednesday. With the tampering allegations surfacing against Salgaoncar hours before the game, there were doubts whether the second ODI in Pune will go ahead as planned.

"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.

India Today TV showed Salgaonkar allegedly telling their undercover reporters, who posed as bookies, he could manipulate the pitch and sharing information about the playing surface in violation of ICC's anti-corruption code.

Salgaonkar gave access to reporters to inspect the pitch, clearly violating the laws set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). I will attend to it immediately and take the strictest action. "We have acted swiftly and ensured that there are no loopholes left ahead of the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand". "The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter".

The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues.

Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled brilliantly as he helped the home side restrict New Zealand at 230 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the second ODI match of the series here on Wednesday.

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