Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee was in the news again after he ordered India batsman Rohit Sharma off the centre strip at Eden Gardens on Monday. According to Mukherjee,Rohit,along with medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar,wanted to inspect the pitch that will be used for the first Test between India and West Indies starting from Wednesday.
He was wearing spikes. I told him this area is off-limits to the players except for the captain and the coach. They too can only walk up to the pitch without wearing spikes. Rohit heard me out and walked away from the pitch without making a fuss, Mukherjee said.
The octogenarian curator,however,was summoned by a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official. He was reportedly told by the official that he should be careful while dealing with an India player. But Mukherjee still stood his ground.
Pitch is sacred. And whoever the player may be,hes not above the game and its laws, he contended.
Incidentally,Mukherjee last year had stopped former England captain Michael Atherton – who was part of the media,from inspecting the wicket – on the eve of the third Test between India and England. The pitch for the first Test is a newly-laid surface,which hasnt been used yet this season.