<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs England: Eden Gardens curator goes on "medical leave"" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121201120906.jpg" title="India vs England: Eden Gardens curator goes on "medical leave"" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Prabir Mukherjee proceeded on a medical leave and termed the CAB's decision to sideline him for the third Test between India and England as an insult Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Kolkata: Dec 1, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> The controversy surrounding the preparation of the Eden pitch took a dramatic turn today as veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee proceeded on a medical leave and termed the CAB's decision to sideline him for the third Test between India and <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>as an "insult."<br /> <br /> Mukhejee, who has been preparing the pitch of the stadium since 1985, shot a letter to Cricket Association of Bengal (<a href="/tags/CAB/post" target="_blank">CAB</a>) this morning and sought a "medical leave". He also hinted that he may not re-join at all.<br /> <br /> The development came less than 48 hours after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (<a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a>) sidelined the 83-year-old and sent East Zone ground and pitch committee representative Ashish Bhowmick to prepare a customised wicket at the Eden.<br /> <br /> "It was an insult for me," Mukherjee told PTI referring to the appointment of Bhowmick.<br /> <br /> Mukherjee is peeved at CAB's attitude and said President Jagmohan Dalmiya had even threatened to suspend him if he spoke about the pitch.<br /> <br /> "Nowhere the president has the right to talk about pitches. But here they are threatening to suspend me if I talk about pitches. This is the treatment I get after more than two decades of my service at CAB," said Mukherjee, who is said to have differences with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.<br /> <br /> Dhoni had demanded a rank turner for the Kolkata Test and Mukhejree had said that such a demand was not logical as two pitches cannot be the same. That had apparently prompted BCCI to send Bhowmik to oversee the preparations.<br /> <br /> "I expected some sort of protection from CAB thought that they would stand by me. Instead they are after me. My BP shot up 170/100 last night. After the check-up, the doctors have advised me a complete rest for a month. I've sent the medical report and request for a medical leave for a month to the CAB this morning," he said after sending his application to CAB.<br /> <br /> "I don't make pitches to earn money. I had prepared pitches in Bangladesh for the U-19 World Cup (in 2004) and the ICC Cup without getting a single penny. Cricket is my passion that's why I'm associated with Eden for so long."