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Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operation

Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operation

In a sting operation done by a leading news production house, Salgaonkar was caught on camera revealing that the pitch will be made according to their ('bookies') demands. 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. "At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity", he added. BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has chose to suspend the curator following his exploits, "Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended from the Maharashtra Cricket Association's curator's post with immediate effect", BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told PTI.

The ICC held a pitch inspection in Pune following the scandal but declared the pitch fit for the match and gave a go-ahead to the second ODI.

The India Today footage of Salgaoncar talking to a reporter, who was posing as a bookmaker, was broadcast a few hours before the match.

MCA president Abhay Apte mentioned that the board has sacked Salgaonkar with immediate effect. The MCA has also suspended Salgaoncar from all other positions in the association.

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What has left senior BCCI officials baffled is that Salgaoncar allowed a self-confessed bookie to accompany him to the main match pitch.

The reporters were allowed to walk on the middle of the pitch. "A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated".

Pandurang Salgaonkar had claimed that the pitch for the 2nd ODI is expected to witness a run-fest, with teams being able to put up 330-340 runs either way.

India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets to level the series 1-1.