first_imgAhead of the third and final ODI between India and New Zealand in the three-match series, the curator of the Kanpur pitch has been gagged by the BCCI.In view of India Today’s Operation CricketGate which caught the Pune pitch curator agreeing to manipulate the surface, BCCI have barred the Kanpur curator from talking about the nature of the pitch to anyone.With the series level at 1-1, India and New Zealand will eye series win when they take on each other in the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday.Earlier, The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) tightened security around the Green Park pitch in order to stop another Pune-like happening.Following the Operation CricketGate, 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.India Today reported late on Thursday that Salgaonkar had in fact been questioned by an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee at an undisclosed location.Salgaonkar had told India Today’s undercover reporters that the Pune pitch would be a high-scoring one where 337 would be chaseable. He had also agreed to manipulate the pitch to suit the needs of two players and even allowed the two reporters to the pitch. BCCI and ICC laws do not allow unaccredited people anywhere near the surface.In 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, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.advertisementWorse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar 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.”Salgaoncar, 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.”last_img