London : British journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins has been appointed the new president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Martin-Jenkins will begin his one-year term October 1 when he takes over from former Sussex captain and Old Etonian John Barclay.
“Christopher has a wealth of cricket knowledge and a very strong connection to the sport; quite simply, he loves the game,” Barclay was quoted as saying here.
“Working within the world of cricket for over 40 years, he is, I believe, ideally placed to serve as MCC president. He could be described as the ‘voice of cricket’ – when CMJ appears on the radio, he makes you feel that all is right with the world.”
“Following in the footsteps of former professionals such as Mike Brearley, Derek Underwood and myself, I think it’s nice to have a bit of variety in the role.”
During his career, Martin-Jenkins has been the cricket correspondent of the BBC and the Daily Telegraph and The Times newspapers. He was also the editor of the Cricketer magazine.
By tradition, each president of MCC nominates his own successor.
Although it is more than 40 years since it ceased to run English cricket, MCC still has worldwide responsibility for the game’s Laws or rules and it also owns Lord’s, in north-west London, arguably cricket’s most famous ground.