Prabir is in charge

CAB clears the air, says letter from BCCI clarifies that Mukherjee is man responsible for preparing Eden pitch

Prabir Mukherjee remains the chief curator of the Eden Gardens wicket to be prepared for the third Test between India and England, and East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick will only assist him.

After the hullabaloo about the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to send Bhowmick to Kolkata for the third Test, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) cleared the air on Thursday saying that Mukherjee is still the man in charge.

Senior CAB official said that the association received a communication from the board on Wednesday which clearly stated Mukherjee’s position.

We received a mail from the BCCI which clearly stated that Prabir Mukherjee would remain the chief curator of the Eden Gardens he would be the one preparing the pitch for third Test and that Ashish Bhowmick’s presence doesn’t change Mukherjee’s position.

"Bhowmick will only assist him,” the official told Mail Today.

This comes after doubts were raised over Mukherjee’s position as Bhowmick was being flown in to oversee preparation of the Eden wicket. Not one to take things lying down, Mukherjee sarcastically called Bhowmick his boss as the latter was coming on at the board’s behest, before claiming that no one knew the job better than him.

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The speculation started after Dhoni made it clear that he wanted a turning track for the third Test and chief curator Mukherjee refused act according to the captain’s whims, calling Dhoni’s demand practically impossible to meet.

Although Mukherjee had called Bhowmick a junior and questioned his credentials on Wednesday, there seemed to be a quick turnaround on Thursday.

Kolkata to work with Mukherjee for the Decemeber 5 to 9 Test, Bhowmick called former his guru and said he wished to learn more about pitch preparation from the senior curator.

"I've known him for many years and have learnt lot of things from him. He is my guru and a living legend. I wish to work with him and learn more about pitch making. As for me coming to assist him for the Kolkata Test, it is a routine affair and nothing to spark a controversy. Neither is there any problem between us, nor has there been any directive from the BCCI,” he said.

"Being a representative of the East Zone, I have to visit different centres even during the Ranji Trophy and this is one such visit. The difference is that this time I will get to learn new things from Mukherjee.”

Mukherjee, who is known to be highly opinionated, also seemed to have mellowed down. "I feel proud that somebody is recognising my work as curator and that there still are people acknowledge other people in today’s world. At present he is my boss as he is the East Zone curator and if he gives me any orders, I have to obey him,” the 83-year-old said.

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