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Pune pitch curator involved in 'pitch tampering' allegations dismissed

India vs New Zealand: Pitch tampering allegations on curator Salgaoncar barricades 2nd ODI in Pune

In the sting operation, Salgaoncar is seen and heard speaking about tampering with the pitch to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie, while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here last evening.

Reporters told Pandurang Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and asked if it can be done - to which he replied "it will be done".

India's pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed his immaculate control over the cricket ball with a knuckle ball which got the better of New Zealand opener Colin Munro during their second ODI match in Pune on Wednesday. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.

Salgaoncar is a former Maharashtra pacer, who played a total of 63 first-class games.

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. Following the first India-Australia Test held on the same pitch, earlier this year where Australia thrashed India by 333 runs, the pitch was rated poor by the ICC.

Not a single Kiwi batsman crossed the 50-run mark as India dominated the visitors. "Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken", said MCA president Abhay Apte in response to the report.

Acting BCCI acting honorary secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: "The BCCI has zero tolerance towards any activity that brings the game to disrepute". "The matter has come to our notice and we are looking into the details".

According to the India Today sources, India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI may not be called off. I will attend to it immediately and take the strictest action.