Eden Gardens pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee on Wednesday denied reports of being under pressure from the BCCI to prepare a turning track to help India level the two-match Test series against South Africa in Kolkata.
"I have not received any instructions from the Board about preparation of the wicket at Eden Gardens," Mukherjee said.
After India lost the opening Test by an innings and six runs on Tuesday in Nagpur, their batting left devastated by Dale Steyn's pace, Mukherjee had reportedly said that the BCCI has instructed him to prepare a turning wicket at the Eden to assist home spinners.
The curator, however, said the Eden track would be a sporting one which would suit both pace and spin.
"Eden Gardens is known for having a sporting wicket and this time also it won't be different. It will suit both the pacers and spinners so that good cricket could be played here. The match will last for five days," Mukherjee, who is also one of the officials at Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said.
"Moreover, wicket for a Test match is prepared a few days before the match starts," he added.
The second Test will be played n Kolkata from February 14-18.