The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has tightened security around the Green Park pitch following India Today’s Operation CricketGate which caught the Pune pitch curator agreeing to manipulate the surface.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.India Today reported late on Thursday that Salgaonkar had in fact been questioned by an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee at an undisclosed location.Salgaonkar had told India Today’s undercover reporters that the Pune pitch would be a high-scoring one where 337 would be chaseable. He had also agreed to manipulate the pitch to suit the needs of two players and even allowed the two reporters to the pitch. BCCI and ICC laws do not allow unaccredited people anywhere near the surface.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.advertisement”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”News agency PTI reported that the security officials at the Green Park Stadium have been clearly instructed by UPCA acting secretary Yudhvir Singh to not allow anyone into the venue without a valid pass. The groundsmen too have been strictly instruct not to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone.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 TodayBCCI curator Taposh Chatterjee is overseeing pitch preparations for the crucial game.”We have to be more careful after the incident in Pune. The police officials have been told that only individuals with valid accreditation can enter the stadium. This practice was already in place but we are extra-cautious now,” Singh told PTI.”The groundsmen too have been instructed that they don’t need to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone. What’s the need for that anyway,” Singh added.The three-match series is currently tied 1-1 and the Sunday clash will be a series-decider.
NEW DELHI: Former TMC Mayor (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) and a Narada scam accused, Sovan Chatterjee, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday at the party headquarters here.Senior party leaders of West Bengal like Mukul Roy, Jay Prakash Majumdar and Arvind Menon inducted the former Trinamool-man into the saffron-brigade along with his close friend Baishakhi Banerjee. Addressing reporters, the former KMC Mayor and once close aide of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressed on “internal dispute” in TMC as his prime reason of joining the BJP, adding that he was moved by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. However, he ducked questions on the corruption allegations against him. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe party’s state wing sees his joining as a major shot in the arm for the BJP in the impending Corporation and Assembly elections. “Sovan has been in Bengal politics for nearly 36 years and was the Mayor of KMC. We are sure that BJP is going to win the corporation election for Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Assembly elections as well,” senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said. Recently, Chatterjee was expelled from Trinamool after a marital dispute with his wife and child due to his proximity to Baishakhi. Sources here, however, said that a huge drama played out at the party headquarters in Delhi when Chatterjee’s former friend and another TMC MLA Debasree Roy also wanted to join the party, but the actor-turned-politician was eventually not inducted. Speaking to media persons, Mukul Roy dismissed any alleged communication with her and said that the Trinamool MLA was not going to join the BJP.
O’Charley’s and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will celebrate the 10th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Presented by O’Charley’s and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, the show will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by some of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters and performers.This year’s benefit will feature the award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) – for the third time.FGL has had an impressive year, racking up awards from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and the American Music Awards. With releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified hits “Stay” and “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” these two are excited to use their success to join Wiseman in fighting hunger.“We’ve been so incredibly blessed this past year and have always wanted to make it bigger than the music. To have the opportunity to give back and help feed the hungry in our community is an honor.” says Kelley.Hubbard adds, “Hopefully we will help sell out this show and all come together to raise a lot of money for such a great cause!”This year there will be an incredible “VIP Experience” added to the show. The “VIP Experience” tickets will be sold for $250 and will include premium seating, a meet and greet with Florida Georgia Line and other performers, as well as a special 10th Anniversary gift bag. There are only 50 “VIP Experience” tickets available with an 8 per person limit. To purchase a “VIP Experience” ticket please visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t delay as these will sell out fast!Concert tickets are on-sale now for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, Ryman box office, Ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. For $50.00 preferred seating tickets, please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491.Proceeds from the concert benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit secondharvestmidtn.org.