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Mathews and Jayawardene wanted to check the pitch, but curator Prabir Mukherjee did not allow them © AFP

By Sandipan Banerjee

Nov 12, 2014

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews and premier batsman Mahela Jayawardene were denied to inspect the Eden Gardens pitch before the fourth One-day International (ODI). On Tuesday during the Sri Lankan practice session, Mathews and Jayawardene wanted to check the pitch, but curator Prabir Mukherjee did not allow them to go near the 22 yards. Mukherjee also did the same to Rohit Sharma last year before his debut Test at the venue.

According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, visiting team’s captain and coach can check the pitch before any international match. When media asked Mukherjee about the incident, he said, “At that time we were watering the pitch. The soil was soft so I requested them them not to enter that area. I did not want any damage of the wicket before an international match.”Both the Sri Lankan cricketers did not argue with the veteran curator and went away to do their net session.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)