Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar has been caught on camera allowing reporters, disguised as bookies, to tamper with the wicket.
As a result of the Sting operation for Tv channel India today, "Pandurang Salgaonkar has been barred from entering the ground and an investigation will now take place against him and all those responsible behind this scandal".
The match however, will go an as per schedule at the MCA stadium in Pune confirmed BCCI authorities.
When 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 chase able.
Salgaonkar even allowed 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).
MCA president Abhay Apte spoke to media right after the sting operation was aired and he said, "We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken."
This is yet another big blow to the Indian cricket board which had just about got back on its feet after being hit by the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal in 2013.
Supreme court appointed Ex CAG auditor Vinodrai to look in to regularities but his term marked with controversies viz resignation of Supreme Court appointed Ramachandra guha and unorthodox exit of coach anilkumble and now TV channel exposed in air pitch curator offer for bookies.