Queensland Cricket has congratulated former Allan Border Field grounds manager David Sandurski on his appointment to replace Kev Mitchell Junior as the Gabba’s head curator next month.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni  today announced that Sandurski would be at the Gabba to from November where he will spend time with Mitchell preparing the venue for the opening Test of the Magellan Ashes Series from 23 - 27 November. 

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters welcomed Sandurski back to Brisbane where he commenced his career.

“David started as an apprentice on the grounds staff at Queensland Cricket and worked his way to the grounds manager role during the 12 years he was with us, demonstrating a keen willingness to learn and improve,’’ he said.

“As grounds manager at Allan Border Field, he oversaw pitch preparations for 12 months of the year and worked with our Premier Cricket Clubs and venues and Cricket Australia as Brisbane took on an increasingly important role in the development of what is now the Bupa National Cricket Centre.”

“In that time, he worked closely with Kevin Mitchell Jnr and the Gabba team and so it is pleasing to have that continuity with the venue.

“David has been widely recognised as a progressive and astute curator at the MCG and we are pleased he will now have the opportunity to contribute to the already world class reputation of the Brisbane Cricket Ground and its renowned pitch."

“Queensland Cricket congratulates Kev again on his wonderful career and contribution to sport in Queensland. We look forward to a successful Test match at the Gabba next month to cap off that career and at the same time, welcome David to the role.”

"We look forward to him preparing the Gabba for the upcoming BBL and WBBL games and the One Day International this summer."

Sandurski joins the Gabba after five years at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.