Sourav Ganguly is the President of Cricket Association of Bengal    AFP
Sourav Ganguly is the President of Cricket Association of Bengal AFP

India play their 250th home Test as they play New Zealand in the second Test of the series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata and Prabir Mukherjee’s family has criticised Sourav Ganguly and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for not holding any memorial for the late curator. CAB made sure India’s landmark home Test becomes special, by organising various ceremonies as a part of the celebration. However, Mukherjee’s grandson, Pronoy Mukherjee, has claimed that their family was not invited to be a part. Mukherjee served the ground as a curator for more than 25 years and passed away recently, at the age of 86, and this is the first international fixture held at the venue since then. Full Cricket Scorecard, India Vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Kolkata

Talking to CricTracker, Pronoy Mukherjee said, “The CAB has ignored us and not even bothered to send an invitation (to the family) to witness the Test match. My grandfather spent almost half of his life at this venue. He was a curator at Eden Gardens for 28 years and also served as the secretary and member of the Ground and pitch committee. He served the game for about four decades.

“It would have been nice had the association had sent a courtesy invitation to our family but this is how it functions.”

He added, “Sourav Ganguly didn t speak to us even after my grandfather s death. He (Ganguly) however, portrayed before the media that he condoled the family. The only condolence meeting was hosted by the Suburban Club, where Ganguly was present. My granddad joined this club in 1951-52.

“My grandfather was firm in his views and became a victim of the CAB politics. He was so annoyed with the ill-treatment that prompted him to say, never ever take my body to Eden Gardens after my death and we fulfilled his wish. There is no sense in recalling the days but as they have ignored the family, we shall never ever visit the Stadium even if they rectify the policy and decide to invite us in future.”