(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Former England captain Clare Connor will become the first female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in its 233-year history.
The 43-year-old, currently the England and Wales Cricket Board’s managing director of women’s cricket, will take up her new role on 1 October 2021.
She will replace former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been invited to take up a second term.
“I am deeply honoured to be named the next president of MCC,” said Connor.
“Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it hands me this wonderful privilege.”
The MCC currently has 18,000 full members and voted to allow women to join in 1998. While membership was immediately conferred on a dozen notable female cricketers, and others qualified as playing members or (like Connor) were given honorary life membership, the waiting list of more than 20 years meant the club only welcomed its first female “ordinary” member in 2018.
Based at Lord’s, which it owns, the MCC acts as custodian and arbiter of the laws and spirit of the sport.