ICC hands six-month suspension to Pune pitch curator

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that it has handed Maharashtra Cricket Association’s curator Pandurang Salgaonkar a backdated, six-month ban following an investigation over charges of corruption.

The charge was made based on ICC’s investigations of the India Today video that allegedly involved the curator leaking details about the pitch for the second ODI between India and New Zealand, that took place in Pune’s MCA stadium on October 25, 2017.

According to the ICC, Salgaonkar was charged on basis of failing 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.” Salgaonkar’s suspension has been back-dated to October 25, 2017, and he’ll be allowed to resume his duties from April 24, the ICC stated.

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ICC’s General Manager of Anti-Corruption 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 India Today.”

He added: “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 accepted his crime: “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.”