The International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has taken cognizance of India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar.Salgaonkar was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium. He has now been barred from entering the ground.India Today has also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaoncar, who was a first-class cricketer.IPL chairman and senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla told India Today that the Indian board was firm with all such issues and promised firm action.”We are very firm on such issues. The joint secretary has also promised strong action. Our ACSU chief Neeraj Kumar has also said the ICC has taken cognizance of it,” Shukla said.Shukla was categorical in his emphasis that the match could not be called off and it was up to the ICC to see if the match was to be played on the same pitch.”The match could not have been called off. The ICC needs to look at whether the match happens on the same pitch or elsewhere.”Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said it would be unfair to fire the BCCI over a mistake made by the Pune pitch curator.The match began on schedule after ICC match referee Chris Broad cleared the pitch.”We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning,” an ICC spokesman said.advertisement”As with all international cricket, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him.”We are now looking to establish the facts and will make no further comment whilst this is ongoing.”The ball now appears to be in the ICC’s court and all eyes will be on the game’s world governing body.
New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) A 20-member Under-19 boys football team representing Indo Europe Sports will participate in the Dana Cup, an invitational age group tournament touted to be the biggest in the world, scheduled to be held in Denmark from July 23-28. Indo Europe Sports and Promotion Council, a Delhi based organisation which works for grassroot football development, got the invitation from the organisers of the Dana Cup. Six players of the team are currently training in Germany. The team will play its first qualifying match against Volda TI FB of Norway on July 24. The Dana Cup is considered as one of the world’s biggest football tournaments and it takes place every year in the town of Hjorring in Denmark in the last week of July. First held in 1982, the tournament is participated by more than 20,000 players every year in the age groups ranging from U-12 to U-19. Around 23,000 players are taking part in the tournament this year. PTI PDS SSC PDS SSCSSC read more