Gatting to Focus on Lord’s Project, Communities as MCC President

By Ben Priechenfried

Sept. 30 -- Former England batsman Mike Gatting says he’ll concentrate on the redevelopment of Lord’s and on forging closer ties with poorer communities when his one-year presidency of the Marylebone Cricket Club starts tomorrow.

The renovation of the London facility will cost as much as 200 million pounds ($323 million) and includes underground parking, extending the pavilion and replacing stands to boost capacity by 2,700. Building work is scheduled to start next year and take 15 years.

“Lord’s is such a special place,” said Gatting, who scored more than 4,400 runs in 79 Tests. “Ground development will be a major focus for MCC in the coming months,” he added in an e-mailed statement. The MCC was founded in 1787 and owns Lord’s as well as the Ashes urn that England and Australia compete for.

Gatting, 56, also said he’ll use his presidency to “bring the benefits of Lord’s to some people who need it closer to home.”

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