Former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting begins his year-long presidency of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tomorrow (1st October).
Gatting takes over as the 179th President and during his time in office, Lord's will celebrate its 200th birthday and Middlesex its 150th anniversary.
As well as his credentials as an international cricketer, Gatting has prepared for the role by sitting on the MCC Committee as well as its Cricket and World Cricket Committees.
"It is an amazing honour to have been asked to serve as President at the best cricket club in the world. Lord’s is such a special place and we must make sure it continues to be the finest ground in the world," Gatting said.
"Ground development will be a major focus for MCC in the coming months, and with Derek Brewer and Colin Maber overseeing the Masterplan, the Club is on the right path to ensuring Lord’s flourishes in the future.
"Another area of development for the Club – and one which I am very passionate about – is community engagement. I grew up not far from Lord’s in Willesden and while we run some fantastic projects abroad, there’s an understanding that we also need to bring the benefits of Lord’s to some people who need it closer to home.
"MCC now has a Community Engagement Manager in place who is looking at the ways we can bring real improvements to the lives of our some of our deprived neighbours, and I intend to help all I can.
"I'd like to pay tribute to Mike Griffith and thank him – not just for giving me this honour, but, much more importantly, overseeing a significant and successful twelve months for the Club which has seen the production of the Masterplan, a ten-year Strategic Plan and the receipt of the Royal Charter.
"Mike has done a terrific job, with his love of the game apparent in all he’s done, and I and the rest of his fellow Members owe him a debt of gratitude."
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