Former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting begins his one-year term as MCC President tomorrow.
He will become MCC’s 179th President during a momentous year for both Lord’s Ground and its home county side Middlesex. MCC will celebrate the Bicentenary of the present ground in 2014, and Middlesex CCC the 150th anniversary of its formation.
Gatting has served on MCC’s Main, Cricket and World Cricket committees, and, aside from his England touring days, has worn the Club’s colours in 34 matches, including when captaining MCC against the Rest of the World at Lord’s during the Club’s Bicentenary in 1987. Next year, MCC will take on the Rest of the World again – with both a men’s and, for the first time, a women’s match forming part of the Ground’s Bicentenary celebrations.
Mike Gatting said:
“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. 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.”
The beginning of October also marks the change of personnel on MCC committees. Four members will be joining the new President on the MCC Committee, having been elected for a three-year period by the Club's 18,000-strong membership. For the first time two women – Isabelle Duncan and Vicky Griffiths – will sit on the Committee together, and they will be joined by Peter Leaver QC, the Chairman of the Club’s Incorporation & Structure Working Party, and former Hampshire captain Nick Pocock. Stepping down are Simon Dyson and Tim O’Gorman. David Faber stays on the Committee as the new Chairman of the Arts & Library committee, and Mike Gatting attends as President.
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