Aiming to make a comeback in the 3-match ODI series against New Zealand, Virat Kohli’s men were stopped in their tracks before the match even started after a sensational sting operation curtained the match pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. 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’. “We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Abhay Apte, the president of MCA was quoted as saying by India Today.
As soon as the sensational news broke out, the chances of the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand getting called off have increased significantly. As per reports, BCCI in reply to the clustering corruption allegations has stated that they have taken cognizance of the matter and are further investigating the matter. BCCI added that they will stick to their zero tolerance policy towards corruption. “The matter has come to our notice and we are looking into the details. 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.
The Pune pitch curator Salgaonkar, who was a former pacer played 63 First-Class matches and 5 List-A games where he clinched 218 wickets in total. Salgaonkar is being allegedly accused of agreeing to fiddle the match pitch when he was requested by mysterious reporters ‘disguised as bookies’ prior to the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.