A groundsman has been sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before Wednesday's one-day global between India and New Zealand in Pune. Former domestic fast bowler and Maharashtra Ranji Trophy selector Pandurang Salgaonkar, in the sting operation conducted by the news channel, can be seen and heard allowing the reporters access to the Pune pitch, which is a violation of the laws as set by cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).
'We have asked for a detailed report and will act upon it accordingly, " the CoA Chief further said. "At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity", he added. The venue of the match is at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
This scandal has emerged just ahead of the second ODI scheduled to be played at Pune on Wednesday during the ongoing three-match series. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable. 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 Salgaonkar under suspension with immediate effect, and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership with the MCA has been withdrawn.
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The tapes exposed a serious lapse in the Anti-Corruption unit of the BCCI, but the secretary said that the match must go on. "A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated". The MCA has also suspended Salgaoncar from all other positions in the association. "The BCCI observer is also sitting around", Salgaoncar said.
The senior BCCI officials are baffled by the fact that Salgaoncar allowed a self-confessed bookie to accompany him to the main match pitch.
India are now trailing 0-1 in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, having slumped to a shocking six-wicket defeat in the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.