CAB gaffe mars opening day of local league

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2013, 18:58 PM IST

Kolkata: In an embarrassment of sorts for Cricket Association of Bengal, the opening day`s proceedings of a senior division league could not be held as the groundsmen had poured water on the pitch, unaware of the East Bengal-Kalighat fixture.
The miscommunication has led to a blame game in the CAB with the veteran local curator, Prabir Mukherjee, once again in the middle of the latest fiasco.

The 83-year-old, who was in the centre of a controversy of a pitch row during India-England Test in December last year, today claimed that this had happened because of a miscommunication on the part of the CAB.

"This would not have happened had they informed me about the fixture. Even I was not there as I was running high fever Monday and took a day`s leave. The poor groundsmen did not know and had watered the field," Mukherjee said.

Passing the buck to the secretary, CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said, "It`s the secretary who looks after the local matches. We have to find out what happened. It was a clear case of miscommunication."

As per the rules, a minimum of 40 over-a-side match has to be played for the two-day league to be on.

The officials will take a final call on Thursday.