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India plays New Zealand despite curator's violation of ICC regulations

27 October 2017

Reacting strongly to the sting operation conducted on Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the 68-year-old.

The reporters asked Salgaonkar if the pitch could have a bit of bounce as two players wanted the conditions to be of those sorts and he replied saying "Yes, it will be done".

BCCI acting-secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: "The BCCI has zero tolerance towards any activity that brings the game into disrepute". BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has chose to suspend the curator following his exploits, "Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended from the Maharashtra Cricket Association's curator's post with immediate effect", BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told PTI.

According to the BCCI and the 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.

This comes after reports emerged that Salgaoncar had agreed to "tamper" the pitch after some television reporters, posed as bookies, approached him.

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"The MCA will be making a detailed inquiry on what has happened or what has appeared on TV, but before we have our urgent meeting", he added.

Salgaonkar was agreeing to alter the pitch as per the demand of bookie. Apte also informed that Salgaoncar has been suspended with immediate effect and MCA has withdrawn his membership as well.

Pandurang Salgaonkar had claimed that the pitch for the 2nd ODI is expected to witness a run-fest, with teams being able to put up 330-340 runs either way.

"The BCCI appointed curator Ramesh Mhamunkar was immediately made the point person for the centre wicket and the field of play for the second ODI between India and New Zealand".

India plays New Zealand despite curator's violation of ICC regulations