As Eden Gardens gears up for Sachin Tendulkar’s 199th Test, Prabir Mukherjee, the curator has promised a good track for the master batsman’s farewell at the iconic venue. Mukherjee was in the news during England’s tour to India last year when he refused to give into the Indian team’s demands for a turning track at the venue.
Speaking to Indian Express about Tendulkar’s 199th Test, Mukherjee said, “”I will give him a track which he will enjoy. It’ll be a good pitch. We all want to see him retire on a high. A full house is expected and I will do my bit to ensure that the fans get their money’s worth.”
Mukherjee dismissed suggestions that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would ask him to ensure that there is a flat track on show. He said, “I don’t think there will be any such request. It amounts to showing disrespect to a great player. Tendulkar himself will never ask for any such leeway.”
The Eden curator also said that the BCCI were right in awarding Tendulkar’s 200th Test to his hometown Mumbai as the batsman had requested it for his mother.
Mukherjee said that the frequent rains have affected his preparation and that he needs sunshine for around four days to get things ready. He wishes that Bengal’s Ranji Trophy fixture is played at the venue before India take on West Indies in the first Test.