Unhappy Eden Gardens' pitch curator goes on medical leave

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Dec. 1 (ANI): Unhappy pitch curator of Eden Gardens, Prabir Mukherjee on Saturday lashed out at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the treatment meted out to him, saying that he will not tamper with the pitch on anyone's demand.

Reacting to a fresh pitch row between him and Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mukherjee said that the demand of the captain is like a school headmaster telling students to cheat in exams.

"Cricket is my passion, not profession. I don't want to tamper the pitch of Eden Garden and if anything goes wrong then I don't want to be hanged," said Mukherjee.

"My daughter died on May 25 and wife on May 31. Despite coping with terrible personal crisis, I did not take a single day's leave. The day after my wife's death, I was at the Eden gardens. Nobody can question my commitment. But I am getting such a raw deal from the CAB," he added.

The veteran curator has gone on a month-long sick leave after being sidelined as the chief curator just before the third Test between India and England at Eden gardens.

Mukherjee's decision came after he was apparently sidelined for refusing to prepare a rank turner for the match as requested by Indian captain M.S.Dhoni.

"I was not feeling well and doctors advised me for complete bed rest, six months back I lost my daughter and wife, I want to get rid of it. Whatever they are asking is immoral," said Mukherjee.

Reacting to the issue, former cricketer and Member of Parliament Kirti Azad said that the captain and bowlers should concentrate on line and length, not about the quality of the track.

"You see the England's spinners, they did very basic bowling with a good line and length during the second Test match. So it does mater whether the pitch is supporting spin or not, the bowlers should utilize the pitch in a right way," said Azad.

Mukhejee, who has been preparing the pitch of the stadium since 1985, sent letter to CAB this morning and sought a medical leave for a month. He also hinted that he might not rejoin the association.

The development came less than 48 hours after the BCCI sidelined the 83-year-old and sent East Zone ground and pitch committee representative Ashish Bhowmick to prepare a customised wicket at the Eden, after Dhoni's demand to prepare a turner pitch the trird Test be played in Eden Gardens from December 05. (ANI)

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