Pune groundsman suspended over match fixing allegations before NZ's ODI with India

Pitch-fixing in cricket

Pandurang Salgaoncar, the curator, was caught in a sting operation, conducted by India Today TV. He is also accused to have allowed the reporters on the pitch and tamper with it.

Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended but the match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium began on schedule after ICC match referee Chris Broad cleared the pitch.

It was the same pitch which Salgaonkar had worked on with assistance from BCCI-certified curator Ramesh Mhamunkar, who is employed by the Mumbai Cricket Association to look after the Wankhede Stadium. "It is very good". The 68-year-old Salgaoncar is seen agreeing to tamper with the pitch to suit the requirements put forth by the reporter. According to the pitch curator, a pitch has been prepared on which the score of 337 can be easily made.

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).

He also revealed that the pitch would assist the fast bowlers and although hard, the pitch could be tinkered with in five minutes. "The BCCI observer is also sitting around", he confessed.

And in another, the reporter asks that either a player or a team - the identity has been bleeped out - be dealt a "favor" for the game.

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 now looking to establish the facts and will make no further comment whilst this is ongoing". In which, he is seen and heard speaking to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

"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. "I am not yet aware of the full thing", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying.

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