BCCI to take 'appropriate measures' after Pune curator sacking

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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.

India Today TV showed Salgaonkar allegedly telling their undercover reporters, who posed as bookies, he could manipulate the pitch and sharing information about the playing surface in violation of ICC's anti-corruption code.

In a shocking expose by India Today just ahead of the second One Day International match between India and New Zealand, Maharashtra Cricket Association curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was caught on the camera allowing channel reporters, disguised as bookies, to tamper with the pitch to be used for the 2nd ODI.

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 entire scene has been captured on tape. "An inquiry has been set up by the Maharashtra Cricket Association to deal with the issue", said Khanna. "We will look into the matter".

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Acting BCCI acting honorary secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: "The BCCI has zero tolerance towards any activity that brings the game to disrepute".

Mr Rahul Johri, the CEO of the BCCI, stated: "A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Mr Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated".

Indian bowlers, especially new ball colleagues Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 45) and Jaspreet Bumrah, laid the foundation for their comprehensive victory by restricting New Zealand to 230 for nine after the tourists opted to bat. The final decision will be taken by the match referee.

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