3 May 2013

Gatting named MCC president

5:52 am on 3 May 2013

The former England captain Mike Gatting has been named president of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club.

The 55-year-old, who played his county cricket for Middlesex whose home is the MCC-owned Lord's Ground, will assume his duties on October 1st.

Gatting will serve as president during a momentous year for both the Lord's Ground and Middlesex.

MCC, who revised the laws of cricket in 1788, reissue them from time to time and hold the copyright to them, will celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's in 2014, and Middlesex the 150th anniversary of its formation.

Gatting's captaincy ended in disgrace when, already in the spotlight for a row with Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana on the England tour of Pakistan in 1987, tabloid stories over a dalliance with a barmaid brought his tenure to a close.

In 1990 he then led a rebel tour of South Africa but regained his place in the England team after serving a three-year ban.

He retired in 1998.