Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has appointed Matthew Page, the former Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) turf manager, as its head curator. 

In his new position, Page will responsible for the preparation of the cricket pitches at the MCG, for which he will relocate to Melbourne and commence his position in the New Year.

Page has more than 20 years of experience in turf wicket preparation and turf management. His previous seven years have been spent working for the WACA, and during the last four years he managed ground operations at the WACA Ground and Murdoch University Playing Fields. 

He has also played a key role in the construction and maintenance of the portable pitches soon to be used at the new Perth Stadium.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Matthew Page for such an important role at the MCG,” said MCC chief executive Stuart Fox. “Matthew is highly regarded in the cricket industry and has extensive experience in preparing first-class cricket pitches.

“Although the movement of pitch curators around the country in the middle of a cricket season is not ideal, we are confident that through co-operation between all parties we can ensure that the usual high standard of cricket pitches in Australia can be maintained all summer.” 

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said: “We’re thrilled for Matthew, because we know how much this opportunity would mean to him.

“It is of course bitter sweet for us, as we celebrate his success, but lose not only a curator of his abilities, but a person of his character.

“Matthew has led the Turf Team with great success and I thank him for his passion and devotion over the decades, on and off, of his involvement.”