Eden Test: Prabir Mukherjee takes sick leave

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 11:02 hrs

Kolkata, Dec 1 (IBNS) : Ahead of the upcoming Test match between India and England, Prabir Mukherjee, curator of the Eden Gardens, on Saturday decided to take a month-long sick leave, reports said.

Mukherjee´s move came after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sidelined him following differences with Indian skipper MS Dhoni over the nature of the wicket for the third Test match.

Mukherjee had refused to prepare a "turner" for the Kolkata Test against England staring Dec 5.

Earlier this week, the Board sent Ashish Bhowmick, who is a member of BCCI´s Grounds and Pitches Committee and curator of the Tripura Cricket Association, to oversee the ground.

According to reports, Mukherjee on Saturday sent a letter to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and sought a medical leave.

"I have not resigned but asked for a month's leave," Mukherjee told CNN-IBN.

"I am not loving this atmosphere and not happy that the CAB did not support me," he said.

Mukherjee called the demand of changing the nature of the pitch as ´immoral´.

"I do not agree with the idea to change the pitch nature on demands of some person, this is immoral," Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee had maintained that he won´t prepare a turner for the Kolkata Test if Dhoni does not give it in writing.

Dhoni despite a humiliating loss in the second Test in Mumbai had asked for a spinner friendly track at the Eden Gardens.

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