Former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting has appointed as the next MCC President, taking office from 1st October 2013.
He was nominated by current President Mike Griffith at the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM). MCC will be celebrating its bicentenary at Lord's in 2014 and next year will also be Middlesex's 150th year anniversary.
Gatting played for Middlesex from 1975 until 1998, hitting 94 first-class centuries, going on to play for England 79 times and lead them to Ashes success in 1986/7.
He is currently Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and serves on the MCC Committee and the cricket committee.
He was also on the MCC World Cricket Committee from 2006 until 2012.
"Few people are so closely identified with Lord's as Mike Gatting, and I am therefore delighted that he accepted my invitation to serve as President of MCC," Griffith said.
"He made Lord's his home for Middlesex, and made more appearances for the county than any other player. He was an excellent and a particularly brave batsman for England, and he has continued to serve cricket with a dedication and passion that is unstinting for both ECB and MCC.
"Mike’s absolute priority is the good of cricket - he cares for and thinks deeply about the game. He has already done so much for MCC and Middlesex - it is fitting that someone of his cricketing stature should be President during this great Ground’s Bicentenary in 2014."
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