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Chaos reigns at Eden even as Rohit Sharma not allowed to inspect pitch

November 04, 2013 19:38 IST

Whenever there is an international match at the Eden Gardens, its curator Prabir Mukherjee finds himself in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time the septuagenarian finds himself in the eye of the storm for denying India's star batsman Rohit Sharma a chance to have a look at the wicket.

Rohit SharmaAs is the practice among international teams, players normally have a look at the strip prior to a match but Mukherjee, who has been fussy about not allowing all and sundry to hover around the 22-yard strip, ticked off India's hero of the ODI series against Australia.

Fresh from his marvellous double ton in the final ODI, Rohit got a hero's welcome as he entered the stadium but little did he expect Mukherjee’s denial.

As Rohit came near the pitch that was fenced with a board with the instructions 'Only Captain and Coach are allowed inside', Mukherjee barred the Indian batsman from going near the strip.

The Mumbai batsman didn't get into any sort of argument but certainly wasn't happy with what had happened.

However, Mukherjee acceded to coach Duncan Fletcher's request of using the adjacent strips near the pitch for pace bowlers as Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were seen bowling.

Later in the afternoon, CAB's mismanagement caused the cancellation of a scheduled media conference by Chris Gayle due to "unavailability of space".

The West Indies presser was scheduled at 1.45 pm but it was put off as the allotted room was hosting a meeting of the Kolkata Police Commissioner along with fire brigade and CAB officials.

"We're helpless, we wanted to have it on time but the room upstairs was not available," the West Indies media manager said.

The CAB wanted to alter the schedule to evening but the Caribbean star was not available then.

"The meeting with police was planned in advance so it was difficult to put it off and we asked the West Indies team to conduct their media conference at 4.30 but Gayle was not available then," CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly said.

Incidentally, the meeting with the police that took place at the media conference room, was more to do with security arrangements for the upcoming Chhat Puja and the Kali Puja immersion.

Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

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