Operation CricketGate: Big controversies that hit Indian cricket in the past

first_imgOperation CricketGate is only the latest in the last two decades of a slew of dirty episodes in Indian cricket.In a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team.Here’s a look back at all the controversies of the last two decades.1999: MATCH-FIXING SCANDALWhen South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, admitted to fixing international matches it rocked the world of cricket. It’s shock waves were felt here in India as well with Manoj Prabhakar blamed a lot of cricketers. An inquiry zeroed in on Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Dinesh Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar himself.2013: SPOT-FIXING SCANDALIndian international Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, along with domestic cricketers Ajit Chadilia and Aneeket Chavan were detained and questioned by the Delhi Police on allegations of spot fixing during an Indian Premier League match. The controversy also saw two team owners Raj Kundra of Rajasthan Royals and Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings, getting banned for life for betting. While, the three cricketers were also banned for life by the BCCI, legal charges were dropped by the Bombay High Court.2008: SLAPGATEadvertisementThe very first season of the Indian Premier League saw one it’s most talked-about incidents as Sreeshanth acqused Harbhajan Singh of slapping him on the field after the Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians. The Preity Zinta owned Punjab franchise submitted an official complain and even though both players subsequently tried to play down the incident, Harbhajan was banned for the remainder of the season.2010: LALITGATEIndian Premier League Chairman, Lalit Modi was sacked by the BCCI on charges of corruption. The flamboyant BCCI official subsequently left the country and has been living in the UK facing an ED probe. he has since left cricket management altogether.And here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India Today2017: TOP BCCI OFFICIALS SACKED Earlier this year, the Supreme Court sacked Anurag Thakur as the President of the BCCI and ordered to issue an unconditional apology for trying to undermine the authority of the apex court in the country. He was accused of failing to implement the Lodha reforms and also for obstructing the implementation of the Supreme Court order.last_img read more