Former England captain Clare Connor is set to become the first female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in its 233-year history as she was named on Wednesday to substitute present chief Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka when he steps down subsequent yr. The nomination of Connor, who’s at the moment the ECB’s managing director of girls’s cricket, was introduced by Sangakkara himself by way of video throughout Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting.
Connor will take up the put up on October 1 subsequent yr, pending approval by the Club’s Members, as Sangakkara has been invited to stay in the function for a second twelve-month tenure due to the influence of COVID-19 on the cricketing panorama.
“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,” stated Connor, who was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in 2009.
“We usually want to look again to see how far we’ve come. I made my first go to to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed 9 yr-outdated woman at a time when girls weren’t welcome in the Long Room. Times 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 England debut in 1995 on the age of 19, and took over the captaincy in 2000, main England at Lord’s towards Australia a yr later.An all-rounder who bowled left-arm spin, Connor led England girls to their first Ashes triumph in 42 years, overseeing a 1-zero sequence win in 2005.
The Ashes win was the end result of her six-yr stint as captain of her nation, retiring from the sport shortly thereafter.She was appointed because the ECB’s Head of Women’s Cricket in 2007, having beforehand taught English Literature and been Head of PR at Brighton College alongside her cricketing profession.
Aside from her ECB duties, Connor has been Chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee since 2011. She has additionally served as a director on the board of Sussex Cricket and Sport England.
“I am thrilled that Clare has accepted the invitation to become the next President of MCC. 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,” stated Sangakkara.
“With the extended lead-in time until she takes office, she will have an important part to play as President Designate,” added the previous Sri Lanka captain, who grew to become the Club’s first non-British President when he assumed workplace in October 2019 and can then stand down in September 2021.