Sandurski to join Gabba as head curator

16 Oct, 2017 03:11 PM
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Newly appointed Gabba head curator, David Sandurski, is expected to join The Gabba team from November 20, to assist with Test match preparations and will be available for consultation prior to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
Newly appointed Gabba head curator, David Sandurski, is expected to join The Gabba team from November 20, to assist with Test match preparations and will be available for consultation prior to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Cricket fans will see a new face behind the wheel of the heavy roller at The Gabba this summer, with David Sandurski appointed the new head curator.

Mr Sandurski will take over from grounds manager Kevin Mitchell jnr, who will finish up after his 27-year tenure following the opening Test of the Ashes series at The Gabba from November 23 to 27.

Mr Sandurski was the head cricket curator at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the past five years.

Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said Mr Sandurski was perfect for the role.

"Kevin Mitchell is an icon and certainly leaves some big shoes to fill, but I'm confident David will build on his success and continue to produce, maintain and present the world-renowned multi-use field of play that The Gabba has become famous for," he said.

"Before the MCG, he spent 12 years at Brisbane's Allan Border Field, so he'll certainly feel quite at home on the pitch at The Gabba."

Mr Sandurski said it was a difficult decision to leave the MCG but he welcomed the opportunity to return to Queensland with his family.

"While I expect challenges like getting reacquainted with the warmer climate and humidity, as well as the multi-use nature of the venue, I'm confident my experience will hold me in good stead and I look forward to getting in there and ensuring The Gabba ground remains something to be proud of," he said.

The teams at the MCG and The Gabba are working collaboratively to ensure neither venue's Test matches are negatively impacted.

Mr Sandurski is expected to join The Gabba team from November 20, to assist with Test match preparations and will be available for consultation prior to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

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