Clare Connor to become first female MCC President

Clare Connor of England Cricket hands an award to Anya Shrubsole
LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Anya Shrubsole of England receives the England Women's Cricketer of the Year award from Clare Connor of the ECB during the England Cricketer of the Year Award dinner on May 16, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for ECB)

A female first

Former England women’s captain Clare Connor will become the new MCC President in October next year succeeding the current president Kumar Sangakkara.

All-round cricketer Clare Connor represented England from 1995 to 2005. Kumar Sangakkara, the former wicketkeeper, batsman and captain of Sri Lanka was invited to serve a second term in the role due to the impact of Covid-19 on the cricketing world.

Kumar Sangakkara attending an MCC event
LAHORE, PAKISTAN – FEBRUARY 13: Kumar Sangakkara who is leading an MCC team sits with Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan (left) at a press conference before Friday’s match between MCC and Lahore Qalandars at Gaddafi stadium on February 13, 2020 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

She will leave her current role as ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket before taking up her new position. Clare Connor played 16 tests and 93 ODI’s for England during 1995 and 2005. In 16 tests, she scored 502 runs and picked up 24 wickets. In 93 ODI’s, she scored 1087 runs and picked up 80 wickets.

The Queen’s birthday list in 2004 featured Clare Connor as a CBE for her services to cricket.

Beyond The Boundary With Women’s Director of Cricket – Clare Connor

She will become the first-ever female in the role when she takes over. She will replace the departing Sri Lankan, Sangakarra, who back in 2019 became the first non-British President. A sign of the changing times amongst the Lord’s long room.

Clare Connor bats at an event in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: CGF Managing Director and Former England Captain of Englands Women’s Clare Connor plays cricket during the Birmingham 2022 new sports proposal announcement at Wyndcliffe Primary School on June 20, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for Birmingham 2022)

Videolink featured its first annual general meeting for Lords Cricket Ground today. Lord’s remains closed to members and public alike due to ongoing safety measures.

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