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Pitch tampering row: MCA curator suspended pending inquiry

Pitch tampering row: MCA curator suspended pending inquiry

Following the Operation CricketGate, Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled.

India are now trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first ODI by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

The nature of what the BCCI called "malpractice" emerged in a sting operation video carried out by reporters from India Today TV. Ramesh Mamunkar is now overseeing the Pune pitch. When asked if he could prepare the pitch in regards to two players wanting extra bounce, Salgaonkar replied by saying "it will be done".

India Today reported late on Thursday that Salgaonkar had in fact been questioned by an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee at an undisclosed location. "It is very good".

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Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. At the same time, the ICC match referee also saw the pitch and said that it is absolutely flawless for an worldwide match. It will garner 337 runs. Under BCCI rules no unaccredited persons, including journalists, are allowed near the pitch.

The BCCI also released a statement confirming Salgaonkar's termination.

He also revealed that the pitch would assist the fast bowlers and although hard, the pitch could be tinkered with in five minutes. "We have acted swiftly and ensured that there are no loopholes left ahead". ICC observer has cleared the pitch. "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", an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. In which, he is seen and heard speaking to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

"The matter has come to our notice and we are looking into the details. But before we have our urgent meeting, in the capacity of the MCA president, I have taken Mr Salgaoncar under immediate suspension with immediate effect and all his work has been withdrawn". The match should go ahead as planned, despite the scandal, unless the match referee finds evidence of the pitch being doctored, Amitabh Chaudhary told.