Clare Connor, the previous England captain, will develop into the primary lady president of Marylebone Cricket Membership subsequent 12 months.
Following its AGM on Wednesday, MCC introduced that Connor, the ECB’s Managing Director of Girls’s Cricket, would take up the submit on October 1, 2021, changing present president Kumar Sangakkara and turning into the primary lady to carry the title within the membership’s 233-year historical past.
The transfer is pending approval by the membership’s members, as Sangakkara has been invited to stay within the position for a second twelve-month tenure because of the influence of Covid-19 on the game.
“I’m deeply honoured to be named the subsequent president of MCC,” Connor mentioned. “Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it palms me this glorious privilege.
“We frequently must look again to see how far we have come. I made my first go to to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed 9 year-old woman at a time when ladies weren’t welcome within the Lengthy Room. Occasions have modified. Now I discover myself entrusted with this exceptional alternative – the chance to play an element in serving to MCC, cricket’s most influential membership, to thrive and develop in an much more fashionable and inclusive future.”
Connor made her worldwide debut in 1995 on the age of 19, and took over the captaincy in 2000, main England at Lord’s in opposition to Australia a 12 months later. An all-rounder who bowled left-arm spin, she led England ladies to their first Ashes triumph in 42 years, a 1-Zero collection win in 2005.
The Ashes win was the end result of her six-year stint as captain and she or he retired from the sport a short while later. She was appointed because the ECB’s Head of Girls’s Cricket in 2007, a task which was expanded when she took up her present place. She has additionally been Chair of the ICC Girls’s Cricket Committee since 2011, served as a director on the board of Sussex Cricket and Sport England and was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in 2009.
Connor’s tenure as MCC president is ready to finish on September 30, 2022.
Former Sri Lankan worldwide Sangakkara grew to become MCC’s first non-British President when he assumed workplace final October.
“I’m thrilled that Clare has accepted the invitation to develop into the subsequent President of MCC,” Sangakkara mentioned. “The Membership has a big position to play in cricket’s international attraction and together with her affect, I’m certain she’s going to make a substantial contribution to MCC.
MCC’s AGM was the primary within the membership’s historical past be held on-line, as Lord’s stays closed to members and the general public because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.