India vs New Zealand: Pitch curator filmed passing on information to 'bookies'

Pune pitch

Salgaonkar was agreeing to alter the pitch as per the demand of bookie. "The guilty will not be spared", said BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary following the expose.

In the course of a sting operation conducted by the two journalists, the 68-year-old Salgaonkar predicted the number of runs that could be scored (at one time 337 and 340 at another), that the match would be a high-scoring one and the likely first-innings score of 337 can be chased down. However, Virat Kohli and Co are all set to level the series by defeating the visitors in the 2nd ODI held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune. India's cricket board on October 25 banned an official from the Pune ground after he was recorded saying he tampered with the pitch ahead of the second one-day global against New Zealand. Earlier, the BCCI correctly told the pitch, then the ICC also gave it a green signal.

"The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter". Following the match, ICC rated this pitch as "poor". "So match is on".

Meanwhile, BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna has also written to the board's anti-corruption unit head Neeraj Kumar to get in touch with the team, who are deputed at Pune and send the report on the issue. "At BCCI, we have zero tolerance towards any such activity". BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said in the release: "Strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated". Apte also informed that Salgaoncar has been suspended with immediate effect and MCA has withdrawn his membership as well.

"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.

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