BCCI suspends MCA curator Pandurang Salgaonkar after pitch tampering allegations

BCCI suspends MCA curator Pandurang Salgaonkar after pitch tampering allegations


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a probe after a curator in Pune was caught in a TV sting operation allegedly promising to manipulate the pitch ahead of yesterday's second one-dayer between India and New Zealand. The MCA has also suspended Salgaoncar from all other positions in the association.

India are now trailing 0-1 in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, having slumped to a shocking six-wicket defeat in the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Earlier, The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) tightened security around the Green Park pitch in order to stop another Pune-like happening.

Salgaonkar had told India Today's undercover reporters that the Pune pitch would be a high-scoring one where 337 would be chaseable.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has sought a detailed report from the local host MCA. "It is very good". Shot over Monday and Tuesday, Salgaoncar said in the video that the pitch - No. 8 of the 15 strips - would have runs. Under BCCI rules no unaccredited persons, including journalists, are allowed near the pitch.

He also revealed that the pitch would assist the fast bowlers and although hard, the pitch could be tinkered with in five minutes. "Here a random man comes, doesn't have an all-access area pass and is taken to the main pitch by the curator", a BCCI official said.

The BCCI also released a statement confirming Salgaonkar's termination. An inquiry will now take place into the events.

What has left senior BCCI officials baffled is that Salgaoncar allowed a self-confessed bookie to accompany him to the main match pitch. "We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning, as with all worldwide cricket, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him", an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "I am not yet aware of the full thing", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying.

  • Terrell Bush