Alleged match-fixing sparks controversy ahead of Blackcaps v India ODI

Pitch-fixing in cricket

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 bowlers were not identified. In the released footage, which has been edited, Salgaoncar is shown interacting with the reporters and talking to them about the pitch for the ODI - the voiceover says the reporters are posing as bookies though the released footage does not show them introducing themselves to Salgaoncar as such.

The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want to bounce on the pitch and if it can be done, to which Salgaonkar replied, "It will be done".

Pandurang Salgaoncar, the curator, was caught in a sting operation, conducted by India Today TV. He has reportedly now been barred from entering the ground. Shot over Monday and Tuesday, Salgaoncar said in the video that the pitch - No. 8 of the 15 strips - would have runs.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked for a detailed report. "It is very good". At the same time, the ICC match referee also saw the pitch and said that it is absolutely ideal for an global match. He also reported that the 340 will be chaseable.

The reporters were allowed to walk on the middle of the pitch.




Salgaoncar represented Maharashtra as a fast bowler from 1971-82. "The BCCI observer is also sitting around", he confessed.

Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.

There have been rumors floating regarding the Pune match pitch fixing for the 2nd India NZ match on October 25th.Earlier, there was suspense on the match.

"We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning", an ICC spokesman said.

According to the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC), rules state that no one - other than the officials - can come inside the stadium or inspect the pitch for that matter.

MCA president Abhay Apte mentioned that the board has sacked Salgaonkar with immediate effect.

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