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Pune pitch curator sacked after revealing inside information in sting operation ahead of India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI
Pandurang Salgaonkar, the curator at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) ground in Pune has been suspended after being accused of agreeing to tamper with the pitch upon request of reporters disguised as bookies during a sting operation.

The sting operation was carried out by reporters of India Today, who posing as bookies asked Salgaonkar to prepare the pitch as per their demands, to which the pitch curator readily agreed.

This scandal has emerged just ahead of the second ODI scheduled to be played at Pune on Wednesday during the ongoing three-match series. The Indian team is already under pressure after losing the series opener to the Kiwis on last Sunday in Mumbai.

Apart from agreeing to prepare the pitch as per the specifications of the bookies, Salgaonkar has also been accused of allowing the reporters disguised as bookies on the pitch and letting them tamper with it. He has reportedly now been barred from entering the ground.

BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told PTI, "Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended from the Maharashtra Cricket Association's curator's post with immediate effect."

"The MCA has also suspended Salgaonkar from all other positions in the association. An inquiry Commission will also be constituted by MCA. At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity," he added further.

As per the India Today report, the curator said that the Pune pitch for Wednesday's encounter would be a run-fest where a total of 337-340 was easily gettable 'either way'. Salgaonkar also revealed during the sting operation that the a high total like 337 would be easily chaseable on the track.

However, despite the controversy, the match will go ahead as scheduled, Amitabh Chaudhary has told PTI.

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