BCCI suspends MCA curator Pandurang Salgaonkar after pitch tampering allegations

India are now trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first ODI by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

The BCCI on Wednesday suspended the Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar after divulging details regarding the pitch in a TV sting operation ahead of the 2nd ODI match at Pune between India and New Zealand.

The bowlers were not identified. According to leading website India Today, its reporters "disguised as bookies" had the pitch curator agreeing to prepare the pitch according to their demands.

The reporters asked Salgaonkar if they could get some bounce on the pitch. Shot over Monday and Tuesday, Salgaoncar said in the video that the pitch - No. 8 of the 15 strips - would have runs.

The leading website added that a clear violation of rules from ICC and the BCCI was witnessed when the curator allowed the reporters to inspect the pitch themselves. He had also agreed to manipulate the pitch to suit the needs of two players and even allowed the two reporters to the pitch. "It is very good".

Salgaoncar represented Maharashtra as a fast bowler from 1971-82.

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The BCCI immediately appointed Wankhede curator Ramesh Mhamunkar in place of Salgaonkar.

As the incident concerns an global match the ICC will also be involved.

"We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning", an ICC spokesman said.

The BCCI source further revealed that the match referee will take a final call on calling off the second ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium.

MCA president Abhay Apte said: "The MCA will be making a detailed enquiry on what has happened or what has appeared on the television".

However, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhari has stated that the match will go on despite Salgaonkar's fraudulence. But before we have our urgent meeting, in the capacity of the MCA President, I have taken Mr. Salgaonkar under suspension with immediate effect, and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership with the MCA has been withdrawn.

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