Gabba Pitch Curator To Hang His Shoes After The First Ashes Test Match
The cricket pitches are the most crucial part in a cricket match. The surface on which the game is played plays a very crucial role in the result of a match. The kind of wicket to be prepared for a match is a very crucial decision that a curator has to take before a match. Kevin Mitchell held the same responsibilities at the GABBA in Brisbane but has now decided to hang his boots after the first Ashes Test match later this year to be played later this year.
Mitchell has been associated with the ground since 1987. The Australian team has played 30 Test matches at the Gabba since then and has lost just one. They lost to the West Indies in 1988. The wickets at Gabba have always supported both pace and spin. Mitchell said:
“I’d taken a step back from the physical side of work and engaged in more of a guidance role with the team to see out my contract while helping to recruit my successor.”
Mitchell’s father Kevin Mitchell SR. was also a curator at the Gabba from 1975 to 1989 and was overtaken by his son after that. Kevin thanked the ground staff for helping him in producing such quality wickets, he said,
“I want to thank the grounds team for their continual efforts to meet the high standards required and maintaining the culture of having great pride in producing quality playing surfaces.”
Even the Queensland’s sports minister Mick de Brenni was all praises for the curator,
“Kevin truly is an icon, and to have kept producing an absolute world-class deck on a ground that’s used all year round has taken a particular talent. So, absolutely, very, very big shoes to fill.”
Kevin thanked the West Indian pace bowlers of that era for his inspiration to produce fast and bouncy wickets.
“The great West Indies side were out in those days with the four big quicks and Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards and the like… and I just thought, ‘what a great place to work,'” Mitchell said in comments published by state broadcaster ABC. The Gabba is a famous, iconic, historic stadium, and you feel that responsibility to create something that Queenslanders are proud of. You have to love the job — it’s a big part of your life,” Kevin said in a statement released by the state broadcasters ABC.
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