India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata December 1, 2012

Call for rank turners 'immoral' - Eden Gardens curator

ESPNcricinfo staff

Prabir Mukherjee, the Eden Gardens curator, has strongly criticised MS Dhoni's call for turning pitches, calling it "immoral", and even sought a month's leave from work. However, by Saturday evening, the Cricket Association of Bengal had convinced Mukherjee to come back to work.

The developments came less than a week before India's Kolkata Test against England, and days after the BCCI deployed Ashish Bhowmick, a member of its grounds and pitches committee from Tripura, to "assist" in the preparation for the Test that starts on December 5.

The series between India and England is tied at 1-1 after India lost on a square turner in Mumbai, with their spinners taking nine wickets between them even as Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann shared 19.

"Why does Dhoni want a square turner on the first day? Then why are you selling tickets for five days? It's immoral," Mukherjee told CNN-IBN. Mukherjee said he didn't like the way the whole issue was handled. "I have not resigned but asked for a month's leave," he said. "I am not loving this atmosphere and not happy that the Cricket Association of Bengal did not support me."

Dhoni and Mukherjee have famously struggled to get along as professionals. Last year, after India beat England in an ODI in Kolkata, Dhoni said the pitch was an "ugly wicket". Mukherjee then responded by saying, "Pitches don't score runs, batsmen do." It was also reported that Mukherjee had made disparaging comments about Dhoni's demands for specific pitches. He is reported to have asked for written official instruction if he was to prepare a pitch that began turning and bouncing on day one.

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  • Prabhakar on December 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Wonder about "the way" the modern day cricketer/s go to the extent of openly demanding the type of pitch one wants. Don't they know contrary to what the practice is today, there were times the wickets were NEVER covered during non-playing times and even the changing weather conditions could have their way to affect the pitch and yet, the players went about their job taking up the challenge. Very high time for SOMEONE to grow up and take the fight on!!! Simple, if one cannot, leave the job for the others and bow out.

  • suren on December 4, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    indian cricket is messed. thius is what you get when you get a team propped up by media, rewarded excessively and treated as film stars. you get a bunch of people who only live on reputations which are home grown. No emphasis on hard work, physical fitness and character. compared them to the jap womans football team and you will see the difference.

  • Sammy on December 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Mukherjee should resign with an immediate effect or should be sacked by BCCI.Dhoni has won two world cups for us,how can he speak against him.It is the job of curator to prepare pitches suited for host country and all the curators in the world do that.Because of curators like Mukherjee,we are not producing quality bowlers,as flat tracks are prepared for Ranji games year after year,and we only see triple hundreds and double hundreds made by batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    its normal to play in a country with whatever pitches that can be prepared genuinely very much depending on soil conditions of the place. Should something else has to be performed artificially to make it a turning track or bounce track is really an amusing point and very much questionable?????.

    let it be any where in the world. its like conspiring something intentional and this is definetly to be halted.

  • Bhavesh on December 3, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    It is ridiculous for Prabir mukherjee to say comments like this. Even though India played worst against the spin, it has always been their strength and we should play to our strengths. Prabir should be sacked as he has humilated/insulted India and commented openly to outside world how divided we all are as a unit. He just gave people another chance to only laugh on India. This is not the first time he has done it. Shocking/Unbelievable.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    If West Indis begin to prepare glass tops or green tops and pick the 4 fastest bowlers in WI for India's next tour I hope Dhoni does not protest

  • narbavi on December 3, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @Htc-Android: Actually we will send our under-19 team to play against you, lets see if you can win, oh wait we are the world champions there too!!

  • narsimha on December 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    KIWIROCKER - JUST refresh u r memory SWAAN on these pages few days back discribed PITCHES AT UAE are rank turners compared to low, slow flat piches in IND.

  • Masud on December 3, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @ crh8971, NO you are not correct. CA asks all of state pitches to be both of pace and spin friendly BUT NOT only the pace friendly. You need all turn to generate both Pace and spin bowling department. @MSDhonivsPrabir: It looks to me that they are both running really unprofessionally. Why Dhoni should talk about this matter on Media, rather he should talk to board. Board then instructs Prabir what exactly they want to. We are still NOT professional even British people taught us 200 years!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    It is no surprise that the Mumbai's wicket hurt Dhoni and his team.The team has been giving more importance to wickets than to performance. Any team that relies on these external circumstances can not expect to be a top team. A top team knows that it has to adapt to all circumstances.Gary Kirsten is one coach who let's his team's performance do the talking.Even,England has not been fazed by the wicket.England has come here to prove a point and they will do it. Dhoni by his emphasis on friendly wickets has undermined the mental resolve of his team and this series will show it. I hope the Cricket managers will finally wake up to reality and show Dhoni and his weak attitude the exit door.

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