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MCC Set for First Female President

MCC Set for First Female President Photo: TT
MCC Set for First Female President

For the first time in its 233-year history, the MCC is to have a female president.

That was after Clare Connor was formally nominated for the post by the present incumbent, Kumar Sangakkara. Her appointment has still to be ratified by the MCC members, but that is regarded as a formality.

The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) is the oldest cricket club in the world, having been founded in 1787. Since 1814 its home has been at Lords, and it remains a powerful voice in the game, with responsibility, along with the ICC, for the laws of the sport.

Connor will take up her new job on 1st October 2021, after Sangakarras initial one year tenure was extended by a further 12 months because of the challenges facing the sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Connor is an all-rounder who made her debut for England as a 19 year old against India in December 1995. She would go on to captain her country for six years, with the culmination of her time as skipper coming when she led England to their first Ashes series win against Australia in 2005.

The all-rounder she batted in the middle order and bowled left-arm spin had combined her playing career with working as a PE teacher, but, on retirement, moved into cricket administration.

In 2007 was appointed head of Womens Cricket for the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), and, since 2011, has chaired the ICCs Womens Cricket Committee. She is also a director of Sport England and Sussex Cricket.

In 2004 Connor was made an MBE by the Queen for her services to cricket. That was upgraded to a CBE two years ago.

The MCC has long had a fusty image and a reputation as a bastion of tradition. However, it now seems determined to change its reputation, Sangakarra was the first non-British president, and now they have further broken with the past by appointing a woman.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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