<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Mike Gatting named President of Marylebone Cricket Club" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130502153616.jpg" title="Mike Gatting named President of Marylebone Cricket Club" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mike Gatting will assume his duties as President of MCC from October 1 this year © Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>London: May 1, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former England captain Mike Gatting was on Wednesday named President of the historic <a href="/tags/Marylebone-Cricket-Club/post" target="_blank">Marylebone Cricket Club</a> (MCC).<br /> <br /> The 55-year-old, who played his county cricket for <a href="/tags/Middlesex/post" target="_blank">Middlesex</a> whose home is the MCC-owned <a href="/tags/Lord-s/post" target="_blank">Lord's</a> Ground, will assume his duties on October 1.<br /> <br /> He was chosen by the current President, Mike Griffith, who announced the appointment at the Club's AGM this afternoon.<br /> <br /> Gatting will serve as President during a momentous year for both 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.<br /> <br /> Gatting made his First-Class debut in 1975 and stayed with Middlesex for his entire 23-year career, scoring 94 centuries and taking 158 wickets. He made his England debut in 1978 in Karachi, and, in total, played 79 Tests for his country.<br /> <br /> He was appointed England captain in 1986 and, although he managed to win only two of his 23 Tests in charge, they were the two that secured England's <a href="/tags/Ashes/post" target="_blank">Ashes</a> victory in Australia in 1986-87.<br /> <br /> He also captained England to the 1987 World Cup final against Australia but his ill-judged reverse sweep which saw him caught off Allan Border's first ball was the pivotal moment in the Australians winning the trophy.<br /> <br /> His captaincy ended in disgrace when, already in the spotlight for an undignified row with Pakistani umpire <a href="/tags/Shakoor-Rana/post" target="_blank">Shakoor Rana</a> on the England tour of Pakistan in 1987, tabloid stories over a dalliance with a barmaid brought his tenure to a close.<br /> <br /> He tarnished his image further in 1990 when he led a rebel tour of South Africa — which was still seen as a pariah to official tours because of the apartheid regime - but regained his place in the England team after serving a three-year ban.<br /> <br /> He has, though, since retiring as a player in 1998 proved himself to be a highly capable administrator in the sport.<br /> <br /> Griffith said he was delighted someone who was so indelibly linked to Lord's should succeed him.<br /> "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 said.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> "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."