Current incumbent Kumar Sangakkara the first non-British MCC President has nominated Clare Conor for the position of MCC President from his native Sri Lanka during an annual general meeting on Wednesday.
Former England Women’s Captain Clare Conor is all set to become the first-ever female President of Marylebone Cricket Club in the club’s 233-year history. Clare Conor who is now ECB’s head of Women’s Cricket is all set to take up the post on October 1, 2021, after the membership’s approval. Presidents of MCC usually remain in post for a duration of one year but Sangakkara’s term is set to be extended further for 12 months because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It was not until 1988 that MCC which owns Lord’s Cricket Ground allowed women to become its members. Prior to that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, II was one of the few women who was allowed in the Lord’s Pavilion. “I am deeply honored to be named the next president of MCC,” said Connor in a statement.
“Cricket has already enriched my life so deeply, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege. “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 (Pavilion)
The Chairperson of ICC Women’s Cricket Committee further added, “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”.
“MCC does wonderful work for communities in the UK and overseas. It stages the most uplifting events. It brings people together”, Connor added. Meanwhile, Sangakkara said that he was “thrilled” by Connor’s latest cricket appointment & further added, “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.”