India prevail in Pune to level series v New Zealand

India's Ravi Ashwin is focussed on learning new aspects of the game

India's Ravi Ashwin is focussed on learning new aspects of the game

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.

The Board of Control For Cricket India (BCCI) vowed to take "appropriate measures" after the curator at the Pune venue for the second one-day worldwide between India and New Zealand on Wednesday was sacked for alleged malpractice.

"We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning, as with all worldwide cricket, the ICC Anti- Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him", said an ICC official. The second ODI, at the MCA Stadium, went ahead on schedule after the pitch had been inspected by match referee Chris Broad, BCCI said.

In the BCCI statement, Rai added: "We are looking into the issue and in contact with the concerned officials".

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".

Earlier this year as well, Salgaoncar was in the dock when ICC match referee rated Pune's pitch as poor after the end of the first Test between India and Australia.

Williamson said New Zealand would start with the same 11 that stunned India by six wickets in the first ODI in Mumbai on Sunday. "The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter".

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has sought a detailed report from the local host MCA.

Salgaonkar is a former fast bowler bowler who 63 first-class matches taking 214 wickets at 26.70 and in five List A games he took 4 wickets.

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