Mike Atherton shooed away by Eden curator!

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:46 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 4: Eden curator Prabir Mukherjee, a strict disciplinarian is in news again after he insisted former England cricketer turned commentator to move away from the pitch ahead of the third Test at Eden Gardens, starting Dec 5, Wednesday.

The 83-year-old curator asked Mike Atherton to move away from the pitch after the commentator had violated the cricketing norms by going close to the track.

"Please go!" the 83-year-old Mukherjee told the ex cricketer.

Please go! Eden curator tells Atherton

Atherton, who is associated with Star Cricket, the official broadcasters of India-England series in order to take a close look at the pitch had moved towards the track, the veteran Eden curator stopped the commentator and shooed him away from the pitch during Indian cricket Team's net practice session.

While a CAB official who was also present when the incident took place questioned the commentator's act, as commentators are allowed to take a look at the pitch only before the match starts.

"How can a commentator suddenly go to the pitch? The host broadcasters are allowed to inspect the track for their pitch report only a short while before the match begins. I don't see anything wrong in Mukherjee stopping him," said CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly.

If this incident has triggered another controversy, the on-going drama over pitch preparation had led to many issues as there are negative vibes between the curator, Team India skipper MS Dhoni, coach Duncan Fletcher as well.

To make things worse, MS Dhoni along with the coach Fletcher had inspected the pitch ahead of the third Test against England, at Eden Gardens, while the veteran curator was talking Gautam Gambhir at the boundary line.

Though they did not exchange any words, cold vibes were evident as the drama over preparation of turners at Eden had led to another battle of words.

Moreover, with Atherton's incident being the latest, one would expect the Eden Test not to be marred with controversies as it starts on Dec 5, Wednesday.


Story first published:  Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 12:05 [IST]
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