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Curator rules out turner at the Eden Gardens

The curator at Eden Gardens says he is preparing a good wicket that will last five days for India's must-win second Test against South Africa starting on Sunday and ruled out laying out a strip that will overtly assist spinners, reports Nikhilesh Bhattacharya.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2010 23:19 IST
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya

The curator at Eden Gardens says he is preparing a good wicket that will last five days for India's must-win second Test against South Africa starting on Sunday and ruled out laying out a strip that will overtly assist spinners.

Cricket is meant to be played on good wickets, curator Prabir Mukherjee said. Asked if the wicket he is preparing will last five says, Mukherjee said: Sure.

Asked if it's possible to prepare a turning track in such short notice, Mukherjee said: No. We'll have to go for an under-prepared pitch in that case, which is not possible for us.

The curator denied getting instructions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to prepare a spinning wicket. There has been no official instruction. I was talking to some BCCI officials and it appeared that the team management wants a spinning wicket, but that was it.

Mukherjee added that usually curators do not get specific instructions from the board before international matches.

Also, the BCCI grounds and pitches committee was disbanded after the abandonment of the Sri Lanka ODI at Kotla because of a wicket deemed dangerous for batsmen.

India come to Kolkata 0-1 down in the two-Test series. Worryingly for the hosts, a good wicket at Eden usually means a featherbed for batsmen, at least for the first three-four days before the usual wear and tear starts to have an effect.

International matches at the Eden are always played on the main strip in the middle of the square because that is the only one that can be covered by television cameras looking down the ground.

The last match played on the strip was an ODI against Sri Lanka in December last year. India chased down Sri Lanka's total of 315 for six to win by seven wickets with nine balls to spare.

India have won three of the last five Tests at the Eden and drawn two.