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Gatting to take up MCC presidency

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Former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting has been announced as the next president of MCC.

Gatting, one of the most respected figures in the game and the ECB`s current Managing Director - Cricket Partnerships - will take up his new role on October 1, having been selected by current president Mike Griffith.

Mike Gatting

Former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting has accepted an invitation to serve as MCC president. He will take up his new position from October 1

The appointment of Gatting comes ahead of a momentous year, which will see MCC celebrate the bicentenary of Lord`s and Middlesex their 150th anniversary.

Gatting, who played 79 Tests for England, currently serves on the MCC committee and, aside from his England touring days, has worn MCC colours in 34 matches.

Griffith said: “Few people are so closely identified with Lord's as Mike Gatting, and I am therefore delighted that he accepted my invitation to serve as president of MCC.

“He made Lord's his home for Middlesex, and made more appearances for the county than any other player. He was an excellent and a particularly brave batsman for England, and he has continued to serve cricket with a dedication and passion that is unstinting for both ECB and MCC.

“Mike's absolute priority is the good of cricket - he cares for and thinks deeply about the game. He has already done so much for MCC and Middlesex - it is fitting that someone of his cricketing stature should be president during this great ground's bicentenary in 2014.”