BCCI reinstates Mukherjee for Guwahati pitch

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Kolkata, Oct 30 (UNI) With just five days lift for the high voltage India-Pakistan ODI series to commence with the opener in Guwahati, the BCCI, in yet another poor show of administrative decision, reinstated sacked pitch expert Prabir Mukherjee for getting the Nehru Stadium wicket ready in time.

The lung-opener is scheduled for November 5 with BCCI's pitches committee chairman Daljit Singh working overtime to roll out a perfect pitch for the one dayer.

Following persistent requests from Daljit, the Board recently called upon Kolkata-based veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee to ''take charge'' of the Guwahati one-dayer.

Mukherjee's reappointment for the India-Pakistan match has come a couple of months after he was unceremoniously sacked as the BCCI's east zone curator reportedly for his proximity with Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The U-turn shows the Sharad Pawar-led BCCI administration in poor light, who replaced Prabir Mukherjee in the East zone with one Rabin Mukherjee, but just when it came to the tough task of making the Guwahati wicket ready they reverted back to the ignored veteran.

Both Daljit Singh and Prabir Mukherjee already went over to Guwahati and had a close look at the wicket at Nehru Stadium, expressing their satisfaction at the progress ahead of the match.

However, despite duly thanking Daljit Singh for his backing, Prabir ensured that his reinstatement came only in the form of official intimation from the BCCI.

''The BCCI first removed me as East zone in-charge. And now they want my services just because they think they need me, now that the Guwahati wicket needs to be prepared well. So, I wanted an official letter from the Board if they wanted me help them out in this situation,'' Prabir told reporters this evening, following his return from Guwahati.

It was only after BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah officially wrote to Singh to seek Mukherhjee's help for the Guwahati match that the Kolkata curator decided to ''help out his good friend'' for the November 5 opener. Prabir will oversee the Guwahati ODI alongside local curator Sunil Barua.


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