Veteran Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee is in trouble with the Cricket Board over his outburst in the media prior to the commencement of the ongoing third Test between India and England in Kolkata on December 5.
Skipper Alastair Cook created history by cracking his 23rd Test century, the most by an Englishman, and his third consecutive one in the series as England took complete control of the third cricket Test against a listless India on Thursday.
Having returned impressive figures by getting the ball to reverse on day one of the Eden Gardens Test, England pacer James Anderson said he learnt the art of hiding the ball from batsmen before deliveries by watching Indian seamer Zaheer Khan.
James Anderson`s successful execution of reverse swing has made Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believe that his senior colleague Zaheer Khan will perform even better as he is a bigger exponent of the art.
Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja on Tuesday said India should look to attack inform England batsmen Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen if they wish to make a comeback in the four-match series which is now tied at 1-1.
The historic Eden Gardens on Tuesday turned the clock back as Nari Contractor and Ted Dexter, the oldest surviving former captains of India and England respectively, recounted about the 1962 Test here.
The dust might have settled in the pitch row but the Eden Gardens 22-yard-strip is going to sport a clean-shaven look on the morrow for the third Test against England as the groundsmen have mowed down the little grass left.
India cricket captain M.S. Dhoni, who had asked for a turning track for the Test match against England at the Eden Gardens beginning Wednesday, said the wicket would not assist the spinners in the first two days and the pacers are likely to get some help from the pitch initially.
With pacer Stuart Broad going wicketless so far in the cricket Test series against India, England captain Alastair Cook Tuesday hinted at playing Steve Finn in the Eden Gardens Test beginning Wednesday.
Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday decided to take rest after recovering from a bout of flu and opted out of the Indian team`s final practise session ahead of the third cricket Test against England starting here on Wednesday.
After the controversy surrounding the preparation of the Eden Gardens pitch, the uneasiness between Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee was evident as both decided to look through each other.
Fresh controversy today broke out over the Eden Gardens track after the BCCI appointed East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick to prepare the pitch in place of veteran Prabir Mukherjee who is known to have differences with Indian captain M S Dhoni.
Amid the controversy surrounding the Eden Gardens strip, the Cricket Association of Bengal today promised to offer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co a wicket keeping in mind the "home advantage" for the third Test against England beginning December 5.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday backed the national selectors for not making changes to the Test squad in the wake of the crushing defeat against England in the Mumbai match, saying it was not required at this stage.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday credited the entire team for the series-clinching win in the second cricket Test against the West Indies here and said it was heartening to see his young bowlers "hunting in packs".