Eden pitch under scanner before India-West Indies clash

Updated: 10 November 2011 18:51 IST

Less than a fortnight after it was criticised by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an 'ugly' wicket, the Eden Gardens strip is back in focus again.

Eden pitch under scanner before India-West Indies clash
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Kolkata:

Less than a fortnight after it was criticised by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an 'ugly' wicket, the Eden Gardens strip is back in focus again.

Staging the second India v West Indies Test from November 14, the much-criticised Eden wicket will hold the cetrestage with milestone man Sachin Tendulkar eyeing his 100th ton in international cricket.

Understandably, Eden curator Prabir Mukherjee who has been in the business since 1989 is under some pressure. Even as the 80-year-old maintains that there's no added pressure on him, his recent hush-hush meeting with CAB boss Jagmohan Dalmiya tells a different story.

The CAB refuses to confirm but sources claim the Board has sent instruction to the curator for a specific tailor-made wicket, especially after India's Twenty20 loss to England on October 29.

Incidentally, there was an air of displeasure among the Bengal and Gujarat cricketers during their Ranji Trophy Super League opener earlier this week. But the Eden curator asserted that an ideal Test wicket had been laid out for the second Test.

"People love to make concocted stories. They see me meeting with (Jagmohan) Dalmiya and write stories that he has issued me a warning, likewise," Mukherjee quipped.

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