Mike Brearley, one of the finest of former England captains, will serve as the next president of the MCC.
Mike Brearley - picture copyright Polly Hancock/MCC
His one-year term of office will begin on 1 October, it has been announced.
Brearley famously captained England to victory in the 1981 Ashes, when he was credited with transforming the fortunes of the team's match-winner Ian Botham.
He led England in 31 Tests in all, and captained Middlesex between 1971 and 1982, when his team won the County Championship on four occasions.
After his retirement as a player, Brearley, 65, wrote an acclaimed book, The Art of Captaincy, and has since become a leading psychoanalyst.
He also writes regularly on cricket for The Observer and was critical of the appointment of Peter Moores as the new England coach.
Brearley wrote on 22 April: "I question the manner and timing of his selection as England head coach. His selection smacks of favouritism.
"Installing him permanently in the job at this stage risks putting him in too difficult a position."
Brearley succeeds the incumbent MCC president Doug Insole.