Vinod Rai defends BCCI's anti-corruption unit after Pandurang Salgaoncar controversy

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Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said swift measures were taken after media reports surfaced, claiming that Salgaoncar was seen agreeing to tamper with the pitch to suit the requirements put forth by the reporter in an undercover sting.

The Pune pitch curator Salgaonkar, who was a former pacer played 63 First-Class matches and 5 List-A games where he clinched 218 wickets in total.

The Black Caps' second one-day cricket match against India has been mired in controversy after a groundsman at the Pune venue was caught in a television sting operation, allegedly promising to tamper with the pitch ahead of the match.

Salgaonkar then said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket - and assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.

Salgaonkar gave access to reporters to inspect the pitch, clearly violating the laws set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson blamed the top order batsmen for their six wicket loss in the second One Day International match here on Wednesday. The pitch curator told them the reporters that the pitch could be customised as per their demands.

"A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated", BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri said in a statement.

Abhay Apte told India Today: "We will look into the matter". I will attend to it immediately and take strictest action.

The pitch in Pune was rated poor by the ICC after a Test match against Australia in February. "At BCCI, we reiterate that we have zero tolerance towards any corrupt activity", he added.

New Zealand Black Caps stand for the national anthem before the start of the match in Pune.

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