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'No BCCI instructions for Eden wicket'

IANS
Nov 12, 2011 at 03:22am IST

Kolkata: Amid speculation that the BCCI has asked for a turning track for the second Test between India and West Indies at Eden Gardens starting from November 14, the ground's veteran curator said he will produce a firm wicket which could assist the spinners on the last two days.

Prabir Mukherjee drew flak from Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the pitches he prepared for the ODI and Twenty20 matches between India and England held in Kolkata last month. Regarding the current speculation, he said: "I have not seen any written instruction from the board. If any such instruction has come, why is it not being shown to me? Moreover, I don't think the board can and has given any such written instruction."

India won the series opener against the Caribbean team at the Kotla within four days and need to win the coming game to pocket the three-match series.

'No BCCI instructions for Eden wicket'

The curator says he will produce a firm wicket which could assist spinners on the last two days.

Asked whether he has received any verbal directive from the board on the pitch, Mukherjee said: "If something is unofficial, do you think I will tell you or go by that? You can see the shine on the pitch when light falls on it. This denotes the strip will be firm."

"Normally, the spinners get turn on the last two days of a Test match at the Eden. So this may happen again."

Mukherjee, an upright man, has in the past stood up to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Dilip Vengsarkar (the latter as chairman of selectors) when they asked for a made-to-order track.

"I think it will be a good wicket. However, I can have a better idea on Sunday," he said on Friday, pointing to the whitish track.

Dhoni had severely criticised the wicket after tasting defeat in the lone Twenty20 against England on October 29, calling it 'slow' and 'difficult.' Earlier, during the ODI against England on October 25, Dhoni had expressed his disappointment by calling it a "ugly-looking" wicket. England's T20 skipper Graeme Swann had also been critical of the pitch, terming it strange and dry.

However, Mukherjee hit back at Dhoni for his comments, asking how the Indian captain had then managed to bat for so long and get the topscore in the one-dayer.

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