Was Pandurang Salgaonkar victim of professional rivalry?

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Former India fast bowler and pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar may be the victim of the professional rivalry, according to the BCCI sources.
The 68-year-old curator was suspended hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand recently. This was following the sting operation in which it was revealed that he had leaked the pitch information.
“According to us, he is innocent and was framed by some professional rivals”, a top BCCI official said on condition of anonymity.
Abhay Apte, being the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association did not wish to comment on the issue, when we approached him in Kolkata, where he, along with other BCCI officials, was scheduled to attend the first lecture on late Jagmohan Dalmiya.
The two ICC officials Steve Richardson and Collins, who were in Delhi to investigate further in the matter met the two reporters, who were responsible for the sting operation will prepare the report before the final decision on curator, who has been temporarily suspended.
Interestingly, the two sleuths didn’t involve any BCCI official in this visit, it is also learnt here.
“The ICC had no legal status to forcefully investigate the sting operators. However, the operators did co-operate”, the BCCI source added further.
In the meantime, the ICC sleuths were also not involved in the investigation of Girish Sharma, who drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh teams.
Delhi police and air force police have investigated the case and the man may be exonerated on the grounds of he being mentally affected.