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Clare Connor set to become first MCC female President

Former England Women’s captain Clare Connor is set to succeed Kumar Sangakkara as the new Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President, it was confirmed on Wednesday (June 24). Connor will be the first-ever female president in the history of MCC.

Since making her England debut in 1995, Connor played 16 Tests, 93 ODIs and 2 T20Is. She led the team for 6 years and was at the helm when England Women won the historic Ashes in 2005. Connor’s contribution to the betterment of women’s cricket was duly recognised in 2009 when she became an honorary life member of the club.

“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. And as we take small steps to emerge from this uncertain and difficult time, we are going to need the power of sport and strong sporting organisations like MCC more than ever. I really am very proud to have been asked to be its next president,” she added.

Connor is currently serving as ECB’s Managing Director for Women’s Cricket. She will take over from Sangakkara on October 1, 2021, after approval from all the members. The ex-Sri Lankan cricketer is currently serving his second term at the club.

“I am thrilled that Clare has accepted the invitation to become the next President of MCC,” Sangakkara said.

“The Club has a significant role to play in cricket’s global appeal. With her influence, I am sure she will make a considerable contribution to MCC. With the extended lead-in time until she takes office, she will have an important part to play as President-Designate,” added Sangakkara who, at the time, became MCC’s first overseas president.

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