India vs Eng: Eden curator on sick leave citing 'unethical' Dhoni
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"I don't make pitches to earn money. I had prepared pitches in Bangladesh for the U-19 World Cup (in 2004) and the ICC Cup without getting a single penny. Cricket is my passion that's why I'm associated with Eden for so long." Mukherjee is coping with a mental trauma after loss of his 31-year-old daughter and 73-year-old wife in six days. "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 said.
Asked whether he would like to come back to Eden after one month, Mukherjee was non-committal. "I will see after that. You see, I'm old enough and the loss of my wife and daughter has made me really weak."
During England's last appearance here for an ODI in 2011, Dhoni had termed the Eden wicket as "ugly".
However India had won that match for a 5-0 whitewash in the series. Even after being thrashed by 10 wickets on a customised Wankhede track in the second Test, Dhoni had insisted for a similar rank turner for the Eden Test beginning December 5.
But Mukherjee had openly criticised Dhoni and said, "Two pitches can never be the same, logically. It's most unethical if the India captain makes such statements in public. He's passing such comments every now and then, which is really unfortunate."