Indian groundsman involved in 2017 New Zealand v India ODI in Pune handed six-month suspension for failing to report corruption approach

India won the match in question in October 2017.
India won the match in question in October 2017. Photo credit: Photosport

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed a six-month suspension to an Indian groundsman for failing to report a corrupt approach during a one-day international against New Zealand in October.

India Today television showed Pandurang Salgaonkar telling their undercover reporters, who were posing as bookmakers, he could manipulate the Pune pitch and share information about the playing surface in violation of the ICC's anti- corruption code.

"We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us," Alex Marshall, the ICC's general manager, anti-corruption, said in a statement.

Kane Williamson captain of New Zealand Black Caps congratulates Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India after winning the match India v New Zealand Black Caps. Second ODI, one day international cricket match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune India. 25 October 2017. Copyright Image: Vipin Pawar / www.photosport.nz
Photo credit: Photosport

"I am satisfied that Mr Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by India Today."

Salgaonkar was suspended by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) ahead of the one-dayer between India and New Zealand in Pune but the match went ahead after the ICC match referee cleared the pitch.

The groundsman has accepted his offence and his ban will be backdated to October 25 when he was suspended by the local host MCA.

Reuters