Latest cricket news: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced that Clare Connor CBE has been appointed as the new MCC President on Friday, October 1 2021.
The former England captain has now become the first female President in the Club’s 234-year history. Her predecessor Kumar Sangakkara announced her appointment at the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Sangakkara’s term was extended to two years because of Covid-19. Hence, Clare takes over from the former Sri Lanka captain this year after his term came to an end.
Connor, who was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in 2009, is currently the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Managing Director of Women’s Cricket,
On her appointment, Connor said: “I am truly honoured to be MCC President and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for putting his faith in me to deliver this enormously important role, for the good of the sport I have loved all my life.
“I will try to bring my range of experiences from the dressing room and the boardroom to support, influence and work alongside the Club’s leadership and committees over the next 12 months. I am really looking forward to being part of the MCC team”.
The 43-year-old former all-rounder made her England debut in 1995 at the age of 19 and took over the captaincy in 2000. She continued to serve as the captain for the next six years. The left-arm spinner led England women to their first Ashes triumph in 42 years, overseeing a 1-0 series win in 2005. Clare hung her boots in 2005.
Clare Connor has played an instrumental role in developing women’s cricket in England. She oversaw the introduction of central contracts for England women’s players in 2014, the ICC World Cup win in front of a full house at Lord’s in 2017, and the introduction of professional contracts for female domestic cricketers in 2020.
This summer, women’s cricket took a stratospheric leap forwards reaching hundreds of thousands of new fans through the launch of The Hundred, the new short-ball format for women and men.
Furthermore, Connor has also been the Chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee since 2011. She has also served as a director on the board of Sussex Cricket and Sport England.