Pitch stays cynosure

Calcutta: Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee didn't see eye-to-eye during their first meeting after the recent controversy surrounding the preparation of the pitch for the third Test.

Mukherjee, though, put up a brave face and said that he was least concerned with such 'apathy'.

"I'm not at all bothered if Dhoni doesn't talk to me. Having worked for so many years, I don't think I need to prove myself.

"I know where I belong," the veteran curator retorted. "I spoke to both Gambhir and Harbhajan. Both appeared pleased after having a look at the wicket."

Dhoni had demanded a turner from Day I after the second Test in Mumbai while Mukherjee had refused to oblige.

The pitch, in all likelihood, will be a turner with spinners set to play a significant role as the game progresses.

The England camp kept their fingers crossed. "We feel that the pitch will have at least a little bit for everyone," pacer Steven Finn said.

"Hopefully, it will brighten the scope of bowlers gradually as the game progresses... Maybe it will break later."

In the morning, during England's training session, former captain Michael Atherton and a British journalist were asked to stay away from near the pitch by Mukherjee after they tried to get a close look .