Was Pan­durang Sal­gaonkar a vic­tim of pro­fes­sional ri­valry?

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KARACHI: Former In­dia fast bowler and pitch cu­ra­tor Pan­durang Sal­gaonkar may be the vic­tim of the pro­fes­sional ri­valry, ac­cord­ing to the BCCI sources. 68-year-old cu­ra­tor was sus­pended hours be­fore the se­cond ODI be­tween In­dia and New Zealand re­cently. This was fol­low­ing the sting op­er­a­tion in which it was re­vealed that he had leaked the pitch in­for­ma­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to us, he is in­no­cent and was framed by some pro­fes­sional ri­vals", a top BCCI of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ab­hay Apte, be­ing the pres­i­dent of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion did not wish to com­ment on the is­sue, when we ap­proached him in Kolkata, where he, along with other BCCI of­fi­cials, was sched­uled to at­tend the first lec­ture on late Jag­mo­han Dalmiya.

The two ICC of­fi­cials Steve Richard­son and Collins, whowere in­Delhi to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther in the mat­ter met the two re­porters, who were re­spon­si­ble for the sting op­er­a­tion will pre­pare the re­port be­fore the fi­nal de­ci­sion on cu­ra­tor, who has been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended.

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