Clare Connor re-writes 233-year old history, becomes President of MCC club

Former England Woman’s Captain Clare Connor has been named the next president of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) after being nominated by the current president and Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara. Connor is currently the Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). She will become the first woman to be president of the MCC since it was founded 233 years ago.

The MCC was founded in 1787, they also own Lord’s and are known for being the guardians of the Laws of Cricket. Connor will replace Kumar Sangakkara as president after he finishes his tenure on October 1, 2021.

 

England’s Clare Connor set to become first female president of MCC in its 233-year history
England’s Clare Connor set to become first female president of MCC in its 233-year history Pic Credits: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

 

Speaking on nominating Connor, Sangakkara said “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,”

Connor also spoke to Lord’s after being nominated “I am deeply honored to be named the next President of MCC. Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, 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 9-year-old girl at a time when women were not welcome in the Long Room. 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,” she added.

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“With the extended lead-in time until she takes office, she will have an important part to play as President-Designate,” added the former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who became the Club’s first non-British President when he assumed office in October 2019 and will then stand down in September 2021.

Clare, currently 43 Years Old has been an integral part of England Women’s Cricket team. Having made her test Debut in 1995 against India, she went on to play 16 Tests, 93 ODIs and 2 T20Is. She also captained England’s side to the Semi-Finals of Women’s World Cup in South Africa. Having 104 International wickets to her name, Clare has always got crucial breakthroughs for her side. She has now been given another onus and the world waits to witness another breakthrough in the world of women’s cricket.

Our heartiest congratulations to Clare for being a role model for so many and for the upcoming assignments.

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