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Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad applauds India Today’s Operation CricketGate

first_imgFormer India Test cricketer Kirti Azad praised India Today’s Operation CricketGate which revealed how Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was ready to doctor the pitch according to the bookies’ needs.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.Azad, who played 7 Test matches and 25 one-day internationals for India between 1980-86, lauded India Today’s efforts and said, “it was shameful to see what he (Salgaonkar) did for greed.”Salgaonkar was suspended by the MCA with immediate effect and an investigation will now take place to determine who else were involved in this scandal. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has promised strict action against all those guilty.The Indian cricket board also appointed curator Ramesh Mhamunkar as the point person for the centre wicket and the ground immediately afterwards.India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI at Pune to level the three-match series 1-1. It was a low-scoring match as opposed to what Salgaonkar told our reporters on camera that the pitch would produce 337-340 runs.India restricted New Zealand to 230/9 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45), Jasprit Bumrah (2/38) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/36) starring with the ball. Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Dinesh Karthik (64*) then struck half-centuries each to guide India home with four overs to spare.advertisementlast_img

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