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Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth set to become next MCC President

Lord MacLaurin went on to serve MCC's Main committee for three terms
Lord MacLaurin went on to serve MCC's Main committee for three terms
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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has confirmed Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth as the new president.

Nominated by current MCC President Matthew Fleming, Lord MacLaurin will take over the role effective from October this year.

After elected as Playing Member of the Club in 1965, Lord MacLaurin went on to serve on the Club’s Main committee for three terms, together with spells on the Estates and Marketing committees. In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, a position he held with distinction until 2002, when he stood down and was succeeded by David Morgan.

Fleming expressed confidence that Lord MacLaurin will help the club extend its vision.

“I first came to know Ian in the late 1990s, when I was chairman of the PCA and he was chairman of the ECB, and Ian was exploring ways of restructuring domestic cricket, recognising the increasingly important role of international cricket and international cricketers.

"I was struck by his fairness and clarity of thought about the future of the game, qualities that I believe will be needed in the year ahead, given the uncertainties in the cricketing landscape at present and the opportunities and threats facing the sport.

“In choosing my successor, I was looking for someone who can harness a passion and knowledge of cricket with experience and pragmatism. Ian was a talented cricketer, who played to a good level, and has always been a passionate supporter of MCC.

"A visionary leader of the ECB, widely respected in the business world he is, all in all, uniquely qualified for and deserving of the role of MCC President.”

Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth thanked Fleming for nominating him and is looking forward to the new role.

“It is one of the greatest honours in cricket to be invited to be the President of the finest cricket club in the world and I am thankful to Matthew Fleming for asking me to succeed him.

"I have been a member of MCC for over 50 years, and I take great pride in seeing how the Club has blossomed over that period – not only with the development of this iconic ground but also with all of the work done to promote the game for men and women, boys and girls, around the world.

"I very much look forward to my year in office and hope to help the excellent team at MCC continue all this good work.”

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