#OperationCricketGate: ICC collects raw footage of sting operation from India Today office

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) today collected the video footage of Operation CricketGate from the India Today office in Noida.The ICC team will now carry the footage back to their headquarters where it will be observed by their legal team.The ICC officials, during their visit to the India Today office, also met with the two undercover reporters who carried out the covert operation. The reporters were asked if they would be willing to depose at an ICC tribunal in case one were to be held in the future.Both India Today reporters assured the ICC of their support. They also went on to explain why they had become suspicious of Pandurang Salgaonkar in the first place. On October 25, India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand.  Salgaonkar was caught in the sting operation promising to manipulate the pitch ahead of the second one-dayer.Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak, BCCI and MCA swung into action. Salgaonkar was barred from entering the stadium and the MCA terminated his contract of employment with immediate effect.Salgaonkar was also questioned by an ICC team at an undisclosed location.However, the match was played as scheduled only after a nod from BCCI’s neutral pitch curator and ICC. India went on to win the game by six wickets.Salgaonkar had promised a 340-run surface during India Today’s sting operation but New Zealand were restricted to a paltry 230/9 after opting to bat. In reply, India overhauled the target without much fuss as Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik struck fifties to give the hosts a comfortable victory with 24 balls to spare.advertisementAnd here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India TodayOperation CricketGate: Full ConversationIn what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaonkar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaonkar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”If he’s to be believed, Pune’s wicket was definitely a big-scoring paradise – a bonanza for hard-hitters on the field and for the bookies gambling on them off it.Salgaonkar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”Now, the curator guaranteed doctoring the pitch to favour one of the teams.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” asked the reporter.”It will be given,” he agreed. “I told you this is a 340-run wicket, either way,” Salgaonkar added.”That’s fine. That can be bet on. But we want (a team) to be favoured,” demanded the journalist.”That will be done good. I told you,” the pitch curator promised.last_img

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