Pitch tampering allegations on curator Salgaoncar barricades 2nd ODI in Pune

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Pandurang Salgaoncar, the pitch manager at the Pune ground, was allegedly exposed during an undercover sting by local India Today TV that claimed he doctored the surface ahead of the Wednesday's match.

A groundsman has been sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before Wednesday's one-day worldwide between India and New Zealand in Pune. 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.

The Pune pitch curator Salgaonkar, who was a former pacer played 63 First-Class matches and 5 List-A games where he clinched 218 wickets in total.

The pitch is to be inspected by ICC referee Chris Broad, along with umpires, while a BCCI official told ESPN the match will take place on an adjacent pitch if needed.

Khanna also said that he has already written to Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) chief Abhay Apte on the issue.

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. We have asked for a detailed report and will act upon it accordingly". "The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter".

New Zealand, who clinched the first one-dayer in Mumbai by six wickets, won the toss and elected to bat, but lost the match by six wickets, with the hosts levelling the three match series at one-all. "The BCCI will continue to enforce strict measures in case of such misconduct in the future".

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