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28 October 2017, 12:43 | Rudolph Thomas

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Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar involved in fixing ahead of India New Zealand second ODI

India Today reporters disguised as "bookies" unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni inspects the pitch ahead of the 2nd one day worldwide (ODI) cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 25, 2017. India Today TV said the video was shot on Tuesday evening. Ramesh Mamunkar is now overseeing the Pune pitch. In another exchange, in a vehicle, the reporter asks whether two fast bowlers could be given some help from the match's pitch. "It is very good". He said that the pitch will yield scores of 337-340 runs. At the same time, the ICC match referee also saw the pitch and said that it is absolutely ideal for an global match. Nonetheless one of the reporters is shown tapping a pitch. Salgaoncar replies that the pitch always helps fast bowlers.

We have asked for a detailed report and will act upon it accordingly.

In response, the BCCI immediately "dismissed" Salgaoncar.

"Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended from the Maharashtra Cricket Association's curator's post with immediate effect". An inquiry will now take place into the events.

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, as with all global 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.

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.

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