Ex ICC chief Morgan to become MCC president

AFP| Updated: May 08, 2014, 10:07 AM IST

Sydney: Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan has been appointed he next president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of London`s Lord`s Cricket Ground, it was announced Wednesday.

Morgan, who also served as a chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will take over on October 1 after being nominated by current MCC president Mike Gatting.

"David 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," said Gatting.

"He is ambitious, creative and efficient and will be a fantastic leader for this wonderful club.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as MCC president so far, and I am looking forward to seeing the club through the Lord`s (ground) bicentenary celebrations in my final few months," former England captain Gatting added.

"David is the ideal person to succeed me and I`m delighted he accepted my invitation."

Morgan, is currently the president of Welsh county Glamorgan, where he made his name as a cricket administrator, and will continue in that post alongside his MCC duties.

Morgan`s appointment came during MCC`s annual general meeting on Wednesday when Gatting confirmed that will be no redevelopment of the Nursery End until work at the Pavilion End of the ground is complete.

As part of the Lord`s Masterplan, MCC have planning permission for the redevelopment of the Warner Stand with work scheduled to commence, subject to members` approval, in September 2015.