Marylebone Cricket Club is all set to welcome its first female president – Clare Connor – it was announced on Wednesday (June 24). She will take over from Kumar Sangakkara, who is serving his second term, from October 1 next year after every member approves.
Sangakkara, the first international member of the club, announced Connor’s nomination. “I am deeply honoured to be named the next President of MCC. Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege,” Connor said.
“We often need to look back to see how far we’ve come. I made my first visit to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed nine-year-old girl at a time when women were not welcome in the Long Room. Times have changed.
“Now I find myself entrusted with this remarkable opportunity – the opportunity to play a part in helping MCC, cricket’s most influential club, to thrive and grow in an even more modern and inclusive future. And as we take small steps to emerge from this uncertain and difficult time, we are going to need the power of sport and strong sporting organisations like MCC more than ever. I really am very proud to have been asked to be its next president.”
Currently the Managing Director at ECB, Connor was made an honorary life member in 2009 and has worked going out of her way for the betterment and advancement of women’s cricket. Not only this, she has been a part of ICC Women’s Cricket Committee since 2011, and was also one of the board of directors of Sussex Cricket.
Clare Connor has played 16 Tests, 93 ODIs and two T20s since her debut in 1995. She captained the England Women’s team for six long years and leading the team have a historic win in Ashes in 2005 – a first in 42 years.
“I am thrilled that Clare has accepted the invitation to become the next President of MCC,” Sangakkara said. “The Club has a significant role to play in cricket’s global appeal and with her influence, I am sure she will make a considerable contribution to MCC. With the extended lead-in time until she takes office, she will have an important part to play as President-Designate.”
Isn’t it exciting to see women make a mark everywhere, especially in the world women’s cricket is still to dominate the sport? We wish Connor a good luck embarking her new journey.
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