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Derek Underwood

Derek Underwood is England's fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test matches © Getty Images

Derek Underwood has been named as the next president of MCC.

The former Kent and England spinner will replace Mike Brearley for a one-year term, beginning on October 1.

“He was a distinguished cricketer and has since worked hard within cricket administration,” said Brearley. “He is a gentle man, conscientious and considerate, but also tough.

“It gives me great pleasure to nominate Derek Underwood as president of MCC for 2008/09.”

Underwood became a member of MCC 40 years ago, and an honorary life member in 1993.

The announcement was made at MCC’s Annual General Meeting on May 7.

‘Deadly’ is renowned as one of England’s great spinners, and took 297 wickets in 86 Test matches, from 1966 to 1982.

The left-armer took 1,951 wickets for Kent in a 24-year career with his native county, and was named Kent president in 2005.

Brearley, who succeeded Doug Insole as president, was noted for his willingness to continue the modernisation of MCC during his tenure.

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