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Posted on Nov 29, 10:51PM | UNI
Before actual cricket action between two fierce competitors--India and England, pitch battle rages on as BCCI's pitch and ground committee member Ashish Bhowmick today visited the Eden Gardens to oversee the surface preparation for the 3rd Test commencing from December 5.
The parent cricket body had asked Bhowmick of the Tripura Cricket Association to work with veteran Eden curator Prabir Mukherjee in preparing the surface for the crucial Test against the tourists.
The move was seen as an attempt to sideline the seasoned Eden curator, who has prepared 15 Tests pitches so far, for reportedly refusing to give in to M S Dhoni's demand of preparing turning track.
In a bid to appease Dhoni, Chairman, Ground and Pitches Committee, BCCI, Daljit Singh had reportedly asked the veteran to prepare rank turner during his visit to the historical ground on Sunday. But Mukherjee instead of following the dictate had asked Singh to put forth his demand in writing.
Dhoni had first asked for a rank turner for Mumbai Test, which India lost by ten wicket. He had voiced similar demand for Eden during post match conference after that second test.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), however, said Mukherjee was neither sidelined nor replaced and sending of Bhowmick to Eden was part of BCCI's policy of asking each of the five members of the ground and pitches committee to oversee the preparation of wickets for international games in their respective zones.
Meanwhile, both and India and England teams are expected to land in city of tomorrow.
The four-match Test series is levelled at 1-1,with India winning the first (Ahemadabad) and England coming up triumphs in the Second (Mumbai).
The series was hailed as grudge series in the backdrop of India's 4-0 drubbing in England, thus the hosts would have to use all the aces up their sleeves to win the Eden Test to keep their hope of clinching the series alive.