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Roger Knight to be next MCC President

Roger Knight during his time as MCC Secretary & CEO
Roger Knight during his time as MCC Secretary & CEO

Roger Knight OBE, the former Surrey captain and MCC Secretary & CEO, will be the next President of the Club.

The 68-year-old will take up the post on 1 October 2015 after being nominated by current President David Morgan and announced at the MCC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6 May.

Morgan said: "I am delighted to nominate Roger Knight as the next President and I am sure he will prove to be a great success.

"Having known Roger as both a player and administrator, I came to know him better when he was MCC’s first representative as a Director of the England & Wales Cricket Board.

roger knight playing2"He is a man of great integrity and the right man to take up the role of MCC President at this time. His knowledge and love of cricket are obvious, and he is well known and well liked throughout the game. He is also committed to the promotion of the Spirit of Cricket.

"His experience within the sport has been an extremely valuable asset to MCC for over 20 years. The Club will continue to benefit from this knowledgeable presence during his time as President."

Knight served as MCC Secretary & Chief Executive between 1994 and 2006 and will become only the fifth Member in history to have held both offices of the Club.

A left-handed batting all-rounder, Knight represented Cambridge University, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Sussex during a first-class career that spanned 387 matches.

He captained Surrey for six seasons and led them to victory at Lord’s in the NatWest Trophy in 1982.

After retiring from professional cricket Knight concentrated on teaching full time and went on to serve as headmaster at Worksop College in 1990, before leaving to become Secretary & Chief Executive of MCC in 1994.

He had already spent three years on the MCC Committee as an Elected Member and had toured East Africa in 1973-74 and West Africa in 1975-76.

During his time as MCC Secretary & Chief Executive, Knight oversaw the construction of the Grand Stand in 1998, Media Centre in 1999 (now sponsored by J.P. Morgan) and the relaying of the outfield in 2001, as well as a significant Pavilion refurbishment, completed in 2005.

In 1998, he was instrumental, alongside then President Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, in forwarding the motion that women become eligible to join MCC as Members.

In addition, he was a driving force behind the staging of two MCC v Rest of the World charity matches at Lord’s – for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in 1998 and the Tsunami Relief Fund in 2005.

Whilst Knight was in office, MCC introduced a Preamble to the Laws of the game, outlining the Spirit of Cricket, and initiated the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, with the first speech delivered by the late Richie Benaud in 2001.

Since his retirement in 2006, Knight has continued his involvement with MCC and is a trustee of the Club’s charitable arm, the MCC Foundation.

He is currently Chairman of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials, President of Cambridge University Cricket Club and Chairman of Governors at King’s College, Taunton.

Roger Knight said: "To serve as President of MCC, having been a Secretary & Chief Executive, will be a great honour and I am thankful to David Morgan for nominating me.

"MCC is such a prestigious Club, with an international membership and worldwide influence. I shall do my best to support and promote its values in my year in office."

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