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Morgan accepts MCC presidency

David Hopps

May 7, 2014

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David Morgan, a past ECB chairman, and driving force behind the adoption of Cardiff as an international venue and the restructuring of the English domestic game, has been nominated as the next president of MCC.

The nomination of Morgan, made as tradition by the current incumbent Mike Gatting, was announced at the club's annual meeting at Lord's. His emollient skills may be necessary to help steer Lord's through a delicate period in its history as passions rise over the growth of the ground.

Morgan, whose long administrative career also included a spell as president of ICC, will take up the post in October. With ICC, ECB and MCC posts behind him, as well as the chairmanship of Glamorgan, he has worked his way through the alphabet.

Tredegar born, it is the silent W in ECB which holds most of his affection: he has always insisted on the importance of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

During his tenure, Gatting has presided over the progression of the Lord's Masterplan, with MCC having gained planning permission for the redevelopment of the Warner Stand, with work scheduled to commence, subject to members' approval, in September 2015.

He has also overseen the introduction of MCC's first community development programme, and has represented the club around the country and overseas, including official visits to Australia, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

He will continue in his role as president throughout this summer's celebrations of the bicentenary of Lord's - including managing the home side for the MCC v Rest of the World match on 5th July - before he hands over the office to Morgan in October.

After leaving Glamorgan in 1997, Morgan became Lord MacLaurin's deputy at the ECB until 2002, when he was elected to take on the chairmanship himself. After five years with the ECB, Morgan was nominated for presidency of the ICC for a two-year term, being succeeded by Sharad Pawar in 2010. He was made an OBE in 2008.

His most recent contribution to English cricket was the Morgan Review of 2011, which was considered to be the biggest shake-up of the county game in a decade. His commitment to hearing a wide selection of views was unstinting and the report's recommendations, an exercise in conciliation and compromise, were largely but not entirely implemented prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Gatting said: "Morgan has been and remains one of the most influential voices in the world game, and I'm sure he will do an excellent job in leading MCC through a very important time in its history. He is ambitious, creative and efficient and will be a fantastic leader for this wonderful Club.

"There is work to do to continue moving the Lord's Masterplan forward over the next year with the redevelopment of the south western corner of the Ground, including the Tavern and Allen Stands, next on the agenda. David has the perfect experience and temperament to make this and MCC's other areas of work a great success."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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