Sydney, May 2 (ANI): Former England captain Mike Gatting has reportedly been appointed as the new president of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will assume his new duties from October 1.
Gatting, who played his county cricket for Middlesex whose home is the MCC-owned Lord's Ground, was chosen by the current president, Mike Griffith, who announced the appointment at the club's annual general meeting, News.com.au reports.
According to the report, Gatting will serve as MCC's president during a momentous year for both Lord's Ground and Middlesex as the club will celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's, and the 150th anniversary of its formation in Middlesex, in 2014.
The report further said that Gatting, who made his England debut in 1978 in Karachi, was appointed England captain in 1986 and had managed to secure England's Ashes victory in Australia in 1986-87.
The report also mentioned that Gatting's captaincy ended in disgrace when, already in the spotlight for an undignified 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. (ANI)