#OperationCricketGate: Shocked and speechless, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer  Shoaib Akhtar was left shocked and speecless after India Today’s sting operation caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar agreeing to manipulate the surface ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.Akhtar, who finished with 178 Test and 247 ODI wickets for Pakistan, said the issue should be dealt with an iron fist.Am shocked and speechless to hear about this new #pitchfixing scandal. #INDvsNZ- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017Even if this is #pitchfixing is rumor or a joke it should be dealt with an iron fist coz the game has already been damaged alot!!- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017BCCI, MCA and the Committee of Administrators swung into action immediately and said they had zero tolerance for corruption.The matter will now be probed by the International Cricket Council. “We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning,” an ICC spokesman said. “As with all international cricket, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him.”We are now looking to establish the facts and will make no further comment whilst this is ongoing.”India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.advertisementSalgaonkar was caught on camera talking to our reporters, who were disguised as bookies, revealing that the pitch will be made according to their demands.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).last_img

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