<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Atherton" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121204084210.jpg" title="Michael Atherton" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Atherton immediately left without saying anything Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Dec 3, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Eden Gardens' veteran curator<a href="/tags/Prabir-Mukherjee/post" target="_blank"> Prabir Mukherjee</a>, known for his steadfast adherence to the rules and traditional values of cricket, Monday shooed away former England skipper <a href="/tags/Mike-Atherton/post" target="_blank">Mike Atherton</a>, who had gone close to the track in violation of the cricketing norms.<br /> <br /> Atherton, who is here as a broadcaster, had tried to take a close look at the wicket, which has generated a great degree of controversy after Mukherjee slammed Indian skipper <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a> for asking for a square turner from day one of the Dec 5-9 game against England.<br /> <br /> Seeing Atherton, Mukherjee went up to him and angrily gestured to him to leave the spot. "Please go!" the 83-year-old Mukherjee was heard telling the ex cricketer.<br /> <br /> Atherton, however, left immediately without a word.<br /> <br /> The incident happened during the net session of the Indian cricket team.<br /> <br /> The <a href="/tags/CAB/post" target="_blank">Cricket Association of Bengal</a>, the local staging unit, stood by Muherjee.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, there were evidently cold vibes between the curator and the Indian captain when Dhoni went up to the 22 yard strip accompanied by coach Duncan Fletcher.<br /> <br /> As the duo inspected the wicket, Mukherjee remained seated outside the boundary line.<br /> <br /> While returning, Dhoni again ignored the curator, who was seen chatting with Indian star player Gautam Gambhir on the boundary line.