ICC suspends Pune curator Salgaonkar for six months

The suspension of Salgaonkar has been backdated.

Pandurang Salgaoncar
Pandurang Salgaoncar. (Photo Source: Dainik Bhaskar)

International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Pandurang Salgaonkar, the curator of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), for six months. He was guilty of not reporting the corrupt approach to him ahead of the One-Day International between India and New Zealand in Pune. However, the world was shaken after the sting operation was released by India Today and the BCCI had also suspended the curator soon after that to avoid any hindrances to the cricket match.

The suspension of Pandurang Salgaonkar has been backdated and as there were no evidences of him getting involved in actual corruption, no charges were laid against him. The General Manager of Anti-Corruption of ICC, Alex Marshall explained the decision of suspension and also cleared that the thorough investigation was done over the matter.

ICC Statement

“We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us,” Marshall said in the statement released by ICC. “I am satisfied that Mr. Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by India Today. 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,” he added.

Marshall also said that the suspension of Salgaonkar will end on April 24 this year and he will be allowed to resume his work as the curator. “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 concluded.

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