Dhoni’s pitch is anti-cricket: CAB curator
- Winter session Day 1: Govt talks about misuse of word 'secularism', Sonia raises 'intolerance' debate
- Sheena murder: CBI seeks Interpol help, Peter Mukerjea's custody extended till Nov 30
- PPCC chief Bajwa and Jakhar made to resign as rejig in Punjab Congress imminent
- Constitution Day: The many reasons why the BJP decided to celebrate it
- India-Pakistan series to be played from December 15 in Sri Lanka: Rajiv Shukla
Eden Gardens' veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee, who had hit out at Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni for demanding rank-turners, had to be coaxed out of going on medical leave by Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Saturday.
Last week the Board of Control for Cricket in India had asked its East Zone pitch curator Ashish Bhowmick to supervise the preparation of the wicket at the historic venue after Mukherjee had made it clear that he was not prepared to alter the nature of the wicket at the risk of it becoming under-prepared.
Last year after India beat England in an ODI, Dhoni had termed the wicket as 'ugly'. With the current Test series level at 1-1 after India lost on a tailor-made spin track at Mumbai, Dhoni had said that he would continue to demand tracks that turn from Day One, and Mukherjee was not ready to toe the line.
On Saturday morning Mukherjee, 83, wrote a letter to Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, informing that he would be staying away from Eden Gardens for a month on "health grounds". He also attached a medical certificate along with the letter.
However, Dalmiya met Mukherjee after realising that the veteran curator was increasingly feeling that he was being sidelined when it came to the pitch preparation.
"I have been made a villain for doing my job properly. I am and will always remain committed to cricket, not to any individual. What Dhoni has been asking for is anti-cricket. It is immoral and unethical. Never in my life have I doctored a cricket pitch. My health suffers due to this controversy and I have decided to stay away from Eden Gardens for a month," Mukherjee had said in the morning, just four days ahead of the start of the Test. However, by evening Mukherjee refused to comment further.
- True patriotism requires you to be able to say I am ashamed of my country in certain respects
- Douglass North emphasised institutions when markets were the focus
- ‘Bovine Divine’ controversy lurched between the horrific and the comic
- PM Modi’s achievements abroad appear to cut little ice back home
- Post 13/11 sloganeering at Antalya and Kuala Lumpur won’t be enough
- Can Parliament be insulated from the vagaries of the political climate?