Former England girls’s captain Clare Connor is to change into the primary feminine president of Marylebone Cricket Club in its 233-year history. Present incumbent Kumar Sangakkara, the primary non-British MCC president, nominated Connor through video hyperlink from his native Sri Lanka throughout an annual normal assembly on Wednesday. Connor, now the England and Wales Cricket Board’s head of ladies’s cricket, is ready to take up her new submit on October 1, 2021, topic to the membership’s approval.
Presidents of MCC often stay in submit for one 12 months however Sangakkara’s time period is ready to be prolonged by an extra 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was not till 1998 that MCC, which owns Lord’s Cricket Floor, voted to permit girls to change into members.
Previous to that, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was one of many few girls allowed within the Lord’s pavilion.
“I’m deeply honoured to be named the following president of MCC,” mentioned Connor in an announcement.
“Cricket has enriched my life so deeply already, and now it arms me this excellent privilege.
“We frequently must look again to see how far we have come. I made my first go to to Lord’s as a starry-eyed, cricket-obsessed nine-year-old woman at a time when girls weren’t welcome within the Lengthy Room (of the pavilion).
‘Instances have modified’
The 43-year-old Connor, now the chair of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s girls’s cricket committee, added: “Instances have modified. Now I discover myself entrusted with this exceptional alternative – the chance to play a component in serving to MCC, cricket’s most influential membership, to thrive and develop in an much more fashionable and inclusive future.
“MCC does great work for communities within the UK and abroad. It levels probably the most uplifting occasions. It brings folks collectively.
“And as we take small steps to emerge from this unsure and tough time, we’re going to want the facility of sport and robust sporting organisations like MCC greater than ever.”
In the meantime, Sangakkara mentioned he was “thrilled” by Connor’s newest cricket appointment, the Sri Lanka nice including: “The membership has a major function to play in cricket’s international attraction and together with her affect, I’m positive she’s going to make a substantial contribution to MCC.”
Left-arm spinner Connor made her England debut aged 19 in 1995 and went on to captain her nation in 2000 earlier than retiring six years later.
Though MCC now not runs English cricket, it has worldwide accountability for the game’s guidelines.
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