Tieless BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew gets Lords dressing down
BBC cricketcorrespondentJonathan Agnew told off for not wearing tieHe was reporting from the Long Room but failed to adhere to dress codeFormer England fast bowler told off by Marylebone Cricket Club bossHe received letter and shared picture of it with his 311,000 Twitter followersByEmily Daviesand Jess Feig For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:14 GMT, 16 July 2015 | Updated: 13:53 GMT, 17 July 2015
His radio listeners may have little interest in what he wears while commentating at the cricket.
But yesterday at Lords, Jonathan Agnews failure to adhere to the strict dress code certainly caught the eye of members.
The BBCs cricket correspondent was reprimanded after reporting from the Long Room without wearing a tie.
Former England fast bowler Jonathan Agnew (pictured right) received a slap on the wrist from Derek Brewer, chief executive of the Marylebone Cricket Club, who noted that Aggers was not wearing a tie
In his letter Mr Brewer wrote: I understand that you were broadcasting from the Long Room, improperly dressed. However, we understand that the member with you, Mr Swann, was perfectly attired!'
Those in the members area at the ground have to wear a tie but Agnew appeared in a pink shirt, with its top two buttons undone.
The former England fast bowler received a slap on the wrist from Derek Brewer, chief executive of the Marylebone Cricket Club, who noted that Agnews Match Special colleague Graeme Swann had conformed to the dress code.
Agnew, 55, shared a picture of the note with his 311,000 Twitter followers, adding the caption: Oops, letter arrives from the chief exec...
In his letter Mr Brewer wrote: I understand that you were broadcasting from the Long Room, improperly dressed.
Jonathan Agnew the BBC Commentator emerges from inside the Lord's Pavilion despite having no tie
'However, we understand that the member with you, Mr Swann, was perfectly attired! As you will understand, I have no option but to report this matter to the MCC Committee.
'In the meantime, however, I have much pleasure in enclosing an MCC tie.
Agnew, who won three Test caps for England, was provided with a traditional egg and bacon MCC tie to allow him to rectify his faux pas.
The Lords rules state: Gentlemen shall wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and shoes with socks.
Agnews Test Match Special colleague Graeme Swann also tweeted the letter, describing it as brilliant and adding: Poor old Aggers was flapping on the way back to the comm box!
A spokesman for the MCC said the letter was a good-natured joke.
The letter also notes that Mr Brewer has had to help out a tie-less Agnew on previous occasions. You will recall arriving at Trent Bridge for the end-of-season black tie dinner, without a black tie. Fortunately, on that occasion I had a spare black tie in my pocket! it said.
The MCCs website has an entire page dedicated to the dress code, which is equally strict for men and women.
Banned items include sandals, flip-flops, T-shirts, singlets, jeans, shorts, tracksuits and camouflage-coloured clothing.
It comes after Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was refused entry to Wimbledons Royal Box for Sundays mens singles final because he opted for a colourful shirt, rather than the jacket, tie and shoes required by the strict dress code. He was offered a tie, but declined to wear it.
Gentle reminder: Jonathan Agnew tweeted a picture of the MCC chief's letter on Thursday
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (pictured) was banned from the Royal Box at the Wimbledon final because he was not wearing a shirt and tie
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