WA Today – The man who spent the best part of three decades getting one of Australian cricket’s most dominant stomping grounds ready for the summer onslaught is calling it quits.
- The Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell jnr has confirmed he would retire in November after this year’s opening Ashes Test in Brisbane, ending 33 years at the ground.
- Mr Mitchell became head curator in 1989, taking over from his father, overseeing a ground that has had to juggle cricket, AFL, soccer and even a concert in 2016.
- Queensland cricket legend Matthew Hayden belted 197 on the deck Mitchell prepared in 2002, while English quick Steve Harmison shot to infamy when he sent the first ball of the 2006-07 Ashes series to second slip.
- Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni said Mr Mitchell’s impact on Australian and world cricket was immeasurable.
- “The name Kevin Mitchell jnr is synonymous with the Gabba and the pitches he curates are recognised as the best in the world, striking fear into the hearts of visiting cricket teams,” he said.