Mike Griffith, the former Sussex captain, will serve as the next President of Marylebone Cricket Club. He will take up office on 1st October 2012.
He was chosen by the current President, Phillip Hodson, who announced the appointment at the Club’s AGM this afternoon.
Griffith made his debut for Sussex in 1962, the year before he became an MCC Member and went up to Cambridge University, where he won Blues for cricket, rackets and hockey. He played for Sussex for twelve years, captaining the team for five. In 276 first-class matches he scored five centuries, took 269 catches and claimed twenty stumpings. He played for both England and Great Britain at hockey and is the only person to have played both First-Class cricket and international hockey at Lord’s.
Griffith has been a fine servant to MCC, on and off the field. He has played some 80 matches for the Club, and, since 2000, served on eight committees and sub-committees. He has been a mainstay of the Main Committee, serving every year bar 2003-04, and sat on the Finance committee from 2000 to 2009. More particularly, he has chaired MCC’s Cricket committee – which oversees all the Club’s cricket activities and Laws and Spirit of the game, as well as the Lord’s pitch – since 2007. Griffith also sits on the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission.
His chairmanship of the MCC Cricket committee has focused on developing young talent: a single Youth sub-committee has been established to oversee the Club’s youth cricket activities; all six MCC Universities have been granted first-class status; and MCC has partnered with the ECB to develop the finest young female players through the MCC Young Women’s Cricketers. He has also been instrumental in MCC developing a closer relationship with Middlesex CCC.
The Club has been a vocal advocate of the use of pink balls in day/night Test cricket, with the season-opening Champion County match used to trail the ball in Abu Dhabi for the last three years. It has also delivered its Spirit of Cricket message of “Play Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun” to hundreds of thousands of school children thanks to its partnership with Chance to Shine.
Phillip Hodson said:
“In my opinion, Mike is exactly what MCC require in a President – he has an in-depth knowledge of the Club, a passion for Lord’s, and a great love of cricket. His CV speaks for itself.
“He is a wonderful, caring man, who will be ideal in this role at this time in the Club’s history.”
Griffith followed in his father Billy’s footsteps by playing and keeping wicket for Sussex. He does so again by becoming President of MCC. Billy Griffith served as an Assistant Secretary from 1952 – 1962, as Secretary in 1962 – 1974 and as President in 1979 – 1980.