Pitch tampering row: MCA curator suspended pending inquiry

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A pitch curator has been suspended for alleged match-fixing ahead of the second India-Blackcaps ODI due to take place on Wednesday at 9:00pm (NZ time). Pandurang Salgaonkar was caught on camera talking where he revealed that the pitch will be made according to their ('bookies') demands.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) rules state that no one - other than the officials - can come inside the stadium or inspect the pitch for that matter. "At BCCI, we have zero tolerance towards any such activity".

The ICC held a pitch inspection in Pune following the scandal but declared the pitch fit for the match and gave a go-ahead to the second ODI.

A few hours before the start of the match, there was the talk of fixing about Pune's pitch.

"It is a very good pitch on which 337 runs will be chaseable. The guilty will not be spared", said BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary following the expose.

Salgaoncar was suspended with immediate effect soon after the news broke out.

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The channel showed a recording of undercover reporters approaching Salgaoncar and asking for a pitch which will favour the fast bowlers.

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. "We will take the strictest action", CoA chief Vinod Rai said.

"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.

After the enormous success of the series against Australia, team India lost the opening ODI against New Zealand by six wickets at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.