Pune pitch curator caught in sting dismissed

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 25, 2017, 10:38 AM(IST)

Chief of the Committee of Administrators said Pandurang Salgaoncar had been dismissed and his membership terminated. In photo: The MCA Stadium in Pune. (Image source: BCCI) Photograph:( Twitter )

The Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar, who was caught on camera boasting how he could 'tamper with the pitch' ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand, has been 'dismissed' and his membership 'terminated'.

Pune pitch curator has been dismissed and his membership terminated, said CoA (Committee of Administrators) chief Vinod Rai and added that they were looking into the issue and in contact with the concerned officials. '

'We have asked for a detailed report and will act upon it accordingly,'' the CoA Chief further said.

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Earlier the President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Abhay Apte also today said that the association will conduct a detailed inquiry into Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar's claims that he could tamper with the pitch. 

In the sting operation, Salgaoncar is seen and heard speaking about tampering with the pitch to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie, while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here last evening.

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"I am here just to make one statement because since morning there has been some news which is appearing on the TV on a very disturbing subject, so I have to tell that the MCA, of course, the BCCI and CoA have zero tolerance on such subjects," Apte told reporters ahead of the start of the second India-New Zealand ODI.

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

Salgaoncar is a former Maharashtra pacer, who played a total of 63 first-class games.

Earlier this year as well, Salgaoncar was in the dock when ICC match referee rated Pune's pitch as poor after the end of the first Test between India and Australia.

The match had ended on the third day with the visiting team defeating India by a margin of 333 runs. 

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