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

Arnold Nichols
October 27, 2017

In a shocking revelation, Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar has been caught on the camera allowing India Today reporters, disguised as bookies, to tamper with the wicket ahead of India vs New Zealand second ODI.

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). "At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity". BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has made a decision to suspend the curator following his exploits, "Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended from the Maharashtra Cricket Association's curator's post with immediate effect", BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told PTI. At the same time, the ICC match referee also saw the pitch and said that it is absolutely ideal for an global match.

"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.

Abhay Apte, President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) told the news channel that the body is looking into the matter. He said that the pitch will yield scores of 337-340 runs. The MCA has also suspended Salgaoncar from all other positions in the association.

The BCCI also released a statement confirming Salgaonkar's termination.

Earlier this year as well, Salgaoncar was in the dock when ICC match referee rated Pune's pitch as poor after the end of the first Test between India and Australia.

The tapes exposed a serious lapse in the Anti-Corruption unit of the BCCI, but the secretary said that the match must go on. "We will take the strictest action", CoA chief Vinod Rai said.

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