Before the India-New Zealand second ODI in Pune, Pandurang Salgaonkar who is the curator at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune has been suspended. He has been accused of allowing people to tamper with the pitch. In a sting operation by the India Today, Salgaonkar has been caught on camera talking to the bookies (undercover reporters) stating that the pitch will be made according to their demands.
Reporters asked Salgaonkar that they want bounce on the pitch, to which he replied: “it will be done”. He further revealed that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured that a score of 337 runs will be chaseable as well.
MCA president Abhay Apte said:
“We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken.”
On the other hand, BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told the India Today, “The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. I am not yet aware of the full thing. I will attend to it immediately and take the strictest action. The guilty will not be spared.”