Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday refuted allegations that basic infrastructure at the Eden Gardens was not maintained during his tenure resulting in abandonment of the Indian-Sri Lanka one-dayer due to heavy rains on February 8.
"Those who are making such baseless allegations are actually maligning the Mecca of cricket in India," Dalmiya told newsmen in Kolkata, stressing that the infrastructure at the Eden Gardens was "still the best in the world."
"This sort of comment will encourage detractors to deny Eden Gardens its just share of international matches," he said.
Dalmiya was responding to comments made by the newly elected president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) immediately after the abandonment of India-Sri Lanka second one-dayer here that crumbling infrastructure due to lack of maintenance did not allow the match to be played.
The match was abandoned due to heavy showers which left the ground waterlogged.
Dalmiya said that the drainage system at Eden Gardens was made in the 1970s and it was supposed to last for the next 100 years and claimed that on three previous occasions matches were played despite heavy rains.
Dalmiya, who headed CAB for almost two decades, had to resign as its president after he was banned for life by BCCI paving the way for Mukherjee to take over just a week before the match. Mukherjee, who is police commissioner of Kolkata, had earlier lost a closely contested election to Dalmiya.