ICC probes suspended Pune curator after TV sting operation


"After reports stating an alleged malpractice from the MCA (Maharashtra State Cricket Association) pitch curator, Pandurang Salgaonkar, the MCA has dismissed him from the position of Curator with immediate effect", the BCCI release stated. As reported by India Today, it is caught on tape that the reporters have access to tamper the pitch.

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

The India Today footage of Salgaoncar talking to a reporter, who was posing as a bookmaker, was broadcast a few hours before the match. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable. "I am not yet aware of the full thing", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying.

An inquiry has been initiated by the MCA and the BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has been asked to submit a report of the incident.

Salgaonkar was agreeing to alter the pitch as per the demand of bookie.

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Abhay Apte, President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) told the news channel that the body is looking into the matter. Under BCCI rules no unaccredited persons, including journalists, are allowed near the pitch.

However, Salgaonkar went to the extent - on the basis of the revelation by the TV channel - of taking the two journalists on a tour of the centre square and also agreed to share the money that they would make on betting.

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.

But ahead of the match, the curator of MCA ground, Pandurang Salgaonkar has been sacked after being accused of "allowing people to tamper with the pitch".