ICC investigating pitch tampering allegations against Pune curator Pandurang Salgaoncar

As per reports, the sting operation done by INDIA Today has brought the 2nd ODI between the Kewis and Team India to a standstill after Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was seen providing the intriguing details to bookies who were apparently "disguised as bookies".

Pune: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday launched an investigation into the pitch tampering claims against a ground official ahead of the second one-day international between India and New Zealand in Pune.

"We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning, as with all worldwide cricket, the ICC Anti- Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him", said an ICC official.

In the BCCI statement, Rai added: "We are looking into the issue and in contact with the concerned officials. Too early to announce quantum of punishment, but BCCI has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and fixing and strong action will be taken if found guilty", BCCI acting President CK Khanna told Cricketnext.

Salgaonkar also showed the men around the Pune surface the day before the ODI, breaching the ICC rules governing access to the pitch.

Reporters told Pandurang Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and asked if it can be done - to which he replied "it will be done".

New Zealand defeated India in the first ODI.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed de Grandhomme and Adam Milne off successive deliveries but New Zealand, who won Sunday's series opener in Mumbai by six wickets, somehow avoided being bowled out in the contest. "The BCCI will continue to enforce strict measures in case of such misconduct in the future", said Johri.

  • Rosalie Stanley