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ICC Suspends Pune Curator Salgaonkar

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 7, 2018, 9:02 AM IST
ICC Suspends Pune Curator Salgaonkar

ICC match referee Chris Broad (L) inspects the pitch ahead of the 2nd one day international (ODI) cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune . The BCCI banned curator Pandurang Salgaoncar after he was recorded saying he tampered with the pitch ahead of the second one-day international against New Zealand. (AFP Photo)

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a six-month suspension on Maharashtra Cricket Association’s pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar following its investigations over alleged charges of corruption made by a News Channel in October 2017.

Salgaonkar was charged with a failure to report an approach but no evidence was found of him actually having been engaged in corruption and therefore no charges were laid against him on that basis.

ICC General Manager – Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall said: "We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us."

“I am satisfied that Mr. Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by the channel. However, as he is bound by the ICC Anti-Corruption Code as a participant of the sport, he has been charged with breaching section 2.4.4 of the Code for his failure to report an approach to engage in corrupt conduct.

"Mr Salgaonkar has accepted that he has committed the offence and has received a six-month suspension, which has been backdated to 25 October 2017, being the date he was internally suspended by MCA, and he will therefore be free to resume his duties on 24 April 2018,” he added.

Salgaoncar was suspended by the Maharashtra Cricket Association after being caught in a sting operation, agreeing to tamper with the pitch on the approach of an undercover reporter, posing as a bookie.

With the tampering allegations surfacing against Salgaoncar hours before the game, there were doubts whether the second ODI in Pune will go ahead as planned. However, the game began on time after ICC match referee Chris Broad inspected the pitch.

First Published: March 6, 2018, 6:29 PM IST

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