six-month suspension to Pune pitch curator – ICC hands backdated

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The International Cricket Council on Tuesday (March 6) announced that it has suspended Maharashtra Cricket Association’s curator Pandurang Salgaonkar for six months following an investigation over charges of corruption.

The charge was made based on ICC’s investigations of the India Today video that allegedly involved the curator leaking details about the pitch for the second ODI between India and New Zealand, that took place in Pune’s MCA stadium on October 25, 2017.

According to the ICC, Salgaonkar was charged on basis of failing to “report an approach but no evidence was found of him actually having been engaged in corruption and therefore no charges were laid against him on that basis.” Salgaonkar’s suspension has been back-dated to October 25, 2017, and he’ll be allowed to resume his duties from April 24, the ICC stated.

“We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us. I am satisfied that Mr. Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by India Today. Cricket Betting Tips However, as he is bound by the ICC Anti-Corruption Code as a participant of the sport, he has been charged with breaching section 2.4.4 of the Code for his failure to report an approach to engage in corrupt conduct,” Alex Marshall, ICC’s General Manager of Anti-Corruption, stated.

“Mr. Salgaonkar has accepted that he has committed the offence and has received a six-month suspension, which has been backdated to 25 October 2017, being the date he was internally suspended by MCA, and he will therefore be free to resume his duties on 24 April 2018,” he added.

Following a sting operation carried out by India Today journalists, who had engaged in conversations with Salgaonkar regarding the condition of the pitch, the curator was immediately suspended from all positions he held at the cricket association pending an enquiry.

A detailed investigation into the matter was carried out by the ICC, which reviewed the unedited footage of the sting operations and held interviews with the journalists, Salgaonkar and the curator who had originally directed the journalists to the curator.  Cricket Betting Tips Free The ICC determined that there was insufficient evidence to implicate Salgaonkar based on allegations made by the channel, which suggested potential breaches of Code Article 2.1.1 (that deals with influencing a game), 2.1.3 (accepting money) or 2.3.2 (disclosing inside information that results in betting).

ICC’s investigation concluded that Salgaonkar, during his conversations, had stated that the pitch could not be doctored, that he had “expressly rejected the offer of money on a number of occasions” and had also shown a “sincere and altruistic commitment to the game and preparing fair pitches”.

While there was evidence to support that he had disclosed inside information, ICC’s investigation mentioned that Salgaonkar wasn’t aware of how it would be used and that he was of the belief he was talking to documentary makers. However, Salgaonkar was found to be in contravention of Code Article 2.4.4, having failed to “disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) the approaches and/or invitations made to him by the two journalists on 24 October 2017.

In a letter to the ICC dated 28 February 2018, Salgaonkar admitted to the breach of 2.4.4 and the ICC took the decision to suspend him for six months, without any need for further hearing, after considering a few mitigating factors such as his voluntary admission and cooperation, prompt admission of his breach, remorse, previous good disciplinary record and his contribution to cricket primarily as a volunteer.

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