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India plays New Zealand despite curator's violation of ICC regulations

27 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Carla Brady
  • MS Dhoni inspected the Pune pitch on Tuesday

A groundsman has been sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before Wednesday's one-day worldwide between India and New Zealand in Pune.

According to reports in India Today, their reporters disguised as bookie broke out a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch. "At BCCI, we have zero tolerance towards any such activity".

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni inspects the pitch ahead of the 2nd one day global (ODI) cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 25, 2017.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee Chris Broad inspected the pitch ahead of the match and cleared the same for the game to go ahead.

The reporters, who posed as bookies/fixers, asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be arranged to which Salgaonkar replied, "it will be done".

MCA president Abhay Apte mentioned that the board has sacked Salgaonkar with immediate effect. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.




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

"The MCA has also suspended Salgaonkar from all other positions in the association".

However, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhari has stated that the match will go on despite Salgaonkar's fraudulence.

The reporters were allowed to walk on the middle of the pitch. "We will take the strictest action", CoA chief Vinod Rai said.

The second ODI between India and New Zealand at MCA Stadium in Pune is less than an hour away from now, but it has already been shrouded with controversy.

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