Mumbai: Pandurang Salgaonkar, the pitch curator of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) was handed a six-month suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after investigations of alleged corruption charges made by India Today in October 2017.
No charges were laid against him as there wasn’t any stromg evidence of him engaging in corruption-related activities. He was but, charged with a failure to report an approach.
ICC General Manager, Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall said, “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 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 further stated that Salgaonkar has accepted his offense and would resume his duties from April 24, 2018, his suspension dating back to October 25, 2017.
“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.”